She Thrives: Tiffany Loftin

(NBC News) Tiffany Loftin, director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s youth and college division, brought more than 1,000 students to participate in the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., in March 2018.

She made a passionate call for an inclusive movement as she stood amid the sea of marchers who were demanding gun control reform after the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a month earlier.

“What they will not do is ignore black voices,” Loftin demanded in a viral clip recorded by The Crisis, the NAACP’s publication. “We’re talking about legislative issues and solutions for gun violence. It has to include the intersections of black violence.”

But speaking out is nothing new for Loftin. She’s been raising her voice since her undergraduate days at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was appointed the president of the United States Student Association and worked on securing financial aid for students of color. During her third year of college, someone carved nooses into the desks on campus. This prompted her to spearhead a campaign for a housing facility for black students, and for black students to have more say in hiring administration leaders who cared about their lives.

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