Teen Space’s Youth Advocacy Day


Martha’s Table Collegiate Academy (MTCA) students joined students from across Washington DC on January 15th at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library for Teen Space’s Youth Advocacy Day.

“Today is to show youth the importance of advocacy; for youth to talk about social justice issues that are important to them,” said Teen Space librarian Jamila Felton.
Groups like the DC Slam team and Critical Exposure made presentations along with Promising Futures.
MTCA students were able to create protest art including buttons to wear representing their stance on the issues of violence and equality.
“I saw the word ‘free’, and I thought about how we need peace in the world,” said Washington Metropolitan High School junior Tonnise Edwards.

“It’s a lot of violence out here, and listening to MLK’s speech made me think of non-violence,” said Richard Wright Public Charter School 8th grader JaNeeka Turner.
Several teens expressed their respect for MLK saying they hope to see the day when all are viewed equally and violence declines.