E-Cubed Academy Forms RI’s First High School Chapter of the NAACP

From left are: E-Cubed student Medgine Barionnette; Armani Madison, president of the NAACP chapter at Brown University; Jordan Seaberry, chairman of the Univocal Commission and a victim advocate at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence; E-Cubed student Piaja Brooks and NAACP Providence Branch President Jim Vincent.

From left are: E-Cubed student Medgine Barionnette; Armani Madison, president of the NAACP chapter at Brown University; Jordan Seaberry, chairman of the Univocal Commission and a victim advocate at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence; E-Cubed student Piaja Brooks and NAACP Providence Branch President Jim Vincent.

E-Cubed Academy has launched the first high school chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the State of Rhode Island.

E-Cubed Academy students are passionate about the NAACP’s mission of social justice for all. Living as young people of color in Providence, they are faced with a multitude of issues plaguing their community, school and family. As youth, they believe that they have the potential to be the change that we wish to see in our communities.

The majority of students at E-Cubed are African-American (29%) and Latino (56%), and most come from families in poverty. Particularly in the days following the racially-charged events in Baltimore as well as Ferguson, it is significant that youth are taking action to implement change within their communities. Through the NAACP, E-Cubed students have taken the initiative to help educate their peers as well as create change in the systems that continually allow racism to operate. Our mission as an NAACP chapter is to raise consciousness and awareness in our communities in order to make them a safer and more just place to reside.

In April, the chapter hosted a panel of community members and students to discuss the current state of racial injustice following events in Ferguson and what that means for the E-Cubed and Providence communities. Additionally, E-Cubed students have participated in larger racial dialogues through events at the Roger Williams School of Law and the NAACP Freedom Fund Breakfast. Through these forums, as well as future events, students hope to raise a level of critical consciousness within their school community and the Providence community at large.

This article was submitted by E-Cubed Academy.

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