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Two 2018 Encampers share how the Encampment changed their lives

My name is Ayana. I'm 16 years old and live in Brockton, Massachusetts. The Encampment taught me how discrimination has evolved over time and how I can resist it now. Seeing the history and meeting amazing organizers working toward equity today made it real for me. Most of all, learning about my own cultural heritage moved me deeply. I'm proud to own my history in ways I haven't before. The Encampment changed me.

My name is Arrow. I'm 17 years old and a senior at Choctaw Central High School in Mississippi. At the Encampment, I met youth from around the country and we shared our cultures and issues that concern us all. Going out into the nearby communities and seeing directly how they build strength in different ways was powerful. I saw community, poverty, history, anguish, sacrifice and love. Every day, the Encampment taught me more about Mississippi, and myself, and how I can make a difference in my community.

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