BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – When it comes to activism in Baton Rouge, you can almost bet Myra Richardson has her hand and voice advocating for you.
Richardson is a student by day, but classes are over she is hitting the streets advocating for change in Baton Rouge. The now 22-year-old has been doing that since the age of 17.
She organized one largest youth protests in Baton Rouge after Alton Sterling was killed. She was able to get millions in grant money that was able to push policy changes in her community.
“For me to be able to see and be the catalyst in my community is deeply important,” said Richardson.
Richardson said she started advocating at an early age, but the Alton Sterling protest really fueled her passion to serve her community in especially North Baton Rouge.
“I grew up in the 70805 so, all of the master plans that we see about Plank Road and all of the new investments that we see that is something that I didn’t have as a child,” said Richardson.
Now, she said it’s more than just having a seat at the table but it’s about having access to the information and resources to transform the community.
“As a Black woman, as a young person to be able to have a voice and sit at these table from the governor’s advisory commission, the police chief’s advisory commission, the BREC board, all of those different boards and be able to sit on them and tell them this is what I need for my community I think that is a privilege of a lifetime,” said Richardson.
She said her message to the generation behind her is to always speak up.
“You might not know what you want to do right now, and you might not know all of the answers but that doesn’t matter. Your voice is so valid, and your power is in your presence,” said Richardson.