"I want people to listen. I want people to understand that the experiences that you don't see every day, the people that you don't hear on television, the experiences of people who are not given the same exposure of others are still valid."
Photo by Paul Borkwood at CBC.
Eyitayo Kunle-Oladosu, grade 12 student from Harold Brathwaite Secondary School is inspiring and empowering others to live outside the margins. Her spoken word poem called "Living in the Margins," details the struggles and stereotypes that minorities, including Black, Indigenous and poor people face in Canada. She hopes to inspire other young people to become "changemakers" in society.
This poem is not the only platform she uses to advocate for marginalized communities. Eyitayo founded the model United Nations Chapter and actively helps to lead the Black History Month events at school. She is also the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition from her essay about Rosemary Brown, the first black female member of British Columbia's Legislative Assembly.
Eyitayo will attend McGill University in the fall and pursue a double major in International Development and Psychology. She intends to study law after her post-graduate studies.
HERstory in Black: The Next Generation is a CBC segment that "profiles 7 young black women making a mark in their communities."
To read the full story, please watch her interview on the CBC's HerStory in Back segment here.