The six teenage girls who organized and led a 10,000-person Black Lives Matter march through the streets of downtown Nashville last month were honored on the floor of the state House of Representatives.
“[The] strong young women organized a historic event that brought together 10,000+ people to the streets of Nashville in peaceful protest, amplifying our first amendment right and furthering the Teens4Equality agenda,” said state Rep. Bob Freeman.
The girls (Nya Collins, Jade Fuller, Kennedy Green, Emma Rose Smith, Mikayla Smith and Zee Thomas) reportedly met on Twitter and bonded over their shared outrage over the death of George Floyd. The girls, who branded themselves Teens4Equality, got together with the local chapter of Black Lives Matter and put together the massive protest march.
Six different Tennessee representatives are sponsoring the resolutions honoring the girls, whose ages range from 14 to 16. The resolution reads, in part, that the teens “have set a positive example for our communities, our state, and our nation of peaceful protest while calling out racism…shown young people they can have a big political impact and reminded everyone of the importance of standing up against oppression and racism”.
It concludes by adding: “the future of the state of Tennessee is bright, thanks to” the actions of Teens4Equality.