‘Power to My People’: Critical Race Theory Sparks Student Activism, Improves Academics

A young Black woman in a colorful striped t-shirt and medical mask with a fist raised in the foreground of a protest

As a researcher who specializes in youth activism, I have conducted research on and with youth organizing groups in which critical race theory is a core component of the political education. Eighty-two percent of youth organizing groups regularly offer political education, which involves a critical examination of social issues, usually through workshops and group discussions.

My research–along with that of other scholars–points to three important outcomes for young people who are taught critical race theory as part of youth organizing.