To me, being an activist means knowing/examining what “activates” your mind and ignites your passions. It’s knowing what you’re willing to fight for and what you’re not willing to live with or without. It means being activated to DO, to engage, to be heard, to bring others into a conversation and into a movement, and to do it out of LOVE. Activism is about commitment, and knowing that the road ahead isn’t always going to be easy, but the journey is worth it. Activism is about continuing in the legacies of greatness, resistance, strength, courage and leadership that have allowed us to be here today. It’s about giving thanks and giving back. Activate, y’all!
For me, being an activist means taking intentional action to help others or to solve a problem. Like Nicole, I agree that you must know your values and principles that guide your life very deeply. I feel this is essential to being an effective activist. If you working in alignment with your passions and your values for a cause or a community, you are doing the work of an activist. Honestly, my heart swells seeing how many young people are pushing the status quo and learning to become activists around issues that they’re passionate about. I love their fights for protecting the earth, making the world anti-racist, supporting people in traditionally marginalized communities, and fighting for economic equity. As a historian, I know that many major cultural shifts took place because children, teens, and young adults found their voices and leveraged their skills, talents, and passions to forcing the world to bend more towards equity and justice.