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Video: Why Young Protesters Are Fighting For Racial Justice In New England

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Amara Ifeji says the racism she faced growing up in Bangor, Maine, motivated her to push for racial justice in her community.

From suburban Connecticut to rural Maine, demonstrators occupied highways and town greens over the summer with banners and calls for racial justice. 

This wave of protests across the nation and in our region came after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In New England, many of the protests have been led by a diverse coalition of young people, who say racism in their own communities has motivated them to speak out for racial equity. 

In a special project for the New England News Collaborative, Connecticut Public heard from young activists and protesters throughout New England about their experiences with racism, the changes they want to see and what needs to happen to make the racial justice movement sustainable. 

Video by Ryan Caron King

Ryan Caron King joined Connecticut Public in 2015 as a reporter and video journalist. He was one of eight dedicated reporters on the New England News Collaborative’s launch team, covering regional issues such as immigration, the environment, transportation, and the opioid epidemic. His work has been published nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and on NPR’s digital platforms. From 2017 to 2018, Ryan was on a team covering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for “Excellence in Video.” Since 2019, he has been a full-time visuals journalist.

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