“Black Kids Know What We Need. We Are Just Asking for Fuel.”

America’s National Youth Poet Laureate on why adults need to listen to young people

Illustration: Austin MacDonald

I wanted this essay to be an excuse for me to reimagine what childhood was like for the project black girl.

We know what’s missing, we are just waiting for someone to listen to us.

Blackness wrestles with youth; blackness is too busy for youngness.

Filmmaker, Activist, National Youth Poet Laureate

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