Nashville, Tennessee – Vice President Kamala Harris recently visited Nashville, Tennessee, where she highlighted the importance of young leaders in social and political movements.
Harris drew parallels between influential civil rights icons such as John Lewis and Diane Nash in her speech and young modern-day activists like Justin Jones, Justin Pearson, and Gloria Johnson.
The Vice President referred to the trio as “The Justins” and praised their contributions to the ongoing fight for social justice in Tennessee and beyond.
Harris underscored the significance of youth-led movements during her address, stating, “Every movement about progress was led by young leaders.”
She emphasized that young people’s energy, passion, and commitment are vital to promoting change and overcoming social injustices.
Harris also mentioned the role of young leaders in tackling modern-day issues such as climate change, racial inequality, and voting rights.
Justin Jones, Justin Pearson, and Gloria Johnson, collectively known as “The Tennessee Three,” are known for their activism and tireless efforts to bring about meaningful change.
Jones is a prominent civil rights advocate and community organizer, while Pearson has focused on improving education and advocating for social justice.
Johnson, a state representative, has been a strong voice for progressive policies in the Tennessee legislature.
The Vice President encouraged the youth in attendance to follow in the footsteps of these young leaders and continue to make a difference in their communities.
In addition, Harris urged them to participate in politics, stressing that their voices can significantly impact policy decisions and shape the future.
In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of the Tennessee Three, Harris used the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in social justice and political reforms.
She mentioned the ongoing efforts to ensure equal voting rights and address systemic racism, as well as the administration’s commitment to environmental sustainability and clean energy initiatives.
Vice President Harris concluded her speech by reminding the audience of their power in shaping the nation’s future.
“You, today’s young leaders, can create a better tomorrow,” she said.
“Let your passion drive you, and together, we can build a more just and equitable society for all.”