monse-carlyOn Saturday, December 7, the Youth Organizing Institute held its first “Ella Baker Gala to Celebrate Youth Organizing and Honor Adult Allies” at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.  The event was incredible! We raised over $4,800 and honored two amazing women – Erin Dale Byrd and Bridgette Burge.

We sang, ate delicious food, made some new traditions, and created a collective collage to honor the people who inspired us when we were young.

We also gave out the “rising revolutionary awards” to the young people (under 12) who we know will be the leaders of tomorrow.

We know Ella Baker believed that youth should have their own organizations and people affected most by the issues should lead the charge for change.  The Youth Organizing Institute will continue to honor these great freedom fighters and honor their legacy by staying true to their values.

If you missed the event you can see some of the pictures online and be sure to mark your calendars for next year!