Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and Maria Sanchez
Guest, Aly Conyers
Our guest is Student Activist /Teen Protestor, Ms. Aly Conyers. The images of teenagers being roughed up by police officers at protests across America evokes memories of the Children’s Crusade in 1963, when more than a thousand black students skipped class for a civil rights march in Birmingham, Alabama. Images of police aiming fire hoses on them has been seared into our collective memories. Today, thousands of teenagers are on the front lines of protests demanding justice for the murder of George Floyd, other victims of police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We're very interested in having a discussion with young protesters like Aly, and asking where do we go from here? Call in to the show with your comments and questions to be part of the conversation on SHADOW POLITICS this Sunday.
Aly Conyers is a 17-year-old student who attends a private high school in South Carolina. A three time all-American sprinter, Aly was supposed to spend this summer competing at track and field events. Instead, she is leading student protests to the White House and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. monument.
Aly grew up surrounded by officers in uniform. Her father was in the Army, and her family has lived on military bases in Toronto, Seoul and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. She has been raised with deep respect for the military, but also with an understanding of racial injustice in the world.
Her father encouraged her to read James Baldwin and Malcolm X from a young age. She vividly remembers her first protest: She was about 11, on vacation in Chicago, when her family decided to join a Black Lives Matter march. And now, Aly is leading marches in Washington, DC.
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