BATON ROUGE, LA (BR-PROUD) – She’s not just a college student, she’s also one of city’s rising activists. At just 21-years-old Myra Richardson is stepping up and advocating for a better baton rouge.
Richardson is making waves in the capital city. She’s a student at Southern University and a community activist.
“I am so passionate about making sure everybody is advocated for regardless of what you look like, regardless of your disability, regardless of financial circumstances. All of it collectively matters because everybody matters in this city,” Richardson said.
She grew up in the 70805 neighborhood and experienced first hand some of the disparities many communities in our area face.
“I think going through and experiencing those things gave me empathy. It gave me an experience to really and truly care about those around me and to care for my neighbors and to uplift disenfranchised communities,” said Richardson.
She’s also very passionate about equality.
“When we make Baton Rouge marketable it takes diversity, it takes representation. I would love to see diversity and representation be a goal of a lot of these large organizations and businesses,” said Richardson.
Recently she’s been stepping up and calling for change in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
She helped lead and organize two peaceful protest here in Baton Rouge.
“It was intentional planning, it was how do you relate to people who may not understand black lives matter and why do our lives matter in this insistence and how do we move this city forward. So I think it was understanding collectively, it was understanding collaboration and if you’re basing it off those two things anything is possible, especially with the youth at the forefront,” said Richardson.
She hopes the fear of the past fuels faith in change for a better future.
“I feel like this city has been through an immense amount of trauma from police shootings, to Alton Sterling dying, to our business community. My advice would be to keep going, to always make space for yourself. You belong in every room, you belong at every table, you deserve to have voice. I don’t think it should just be a moment it’s definitely a movement and it takes all of us moving in synchronization to do something to move us forward,” said Richardson.