Sophia Byrd Online

Sophia Byrd, 17, is a co-founder of Youth for Black Lives, a Chicago-based youth activism organization focused on racial justice. Using social media, Sophia and three other young women organized more than 1,000 people, largely young adults, for the Chicago Youth Sit-In and March Against Police Brutality. The protest was featured in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and Teen Vogue. Sophia grew up in Hyde Park, and is an active member of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Last year, Sophia was featured on the soundtrack of the Spike Lee film “Chi-raq.”