Forbes released their 30 under 30 list, celebrating young people making a difference in their own sectors.
In the 2018 edition, they featured more than 600 young people in 20 different sectors. Among these are the youngest black people who have made different contributions to their communities and have had a huge impact on other young people in different ways.
Here are some of the youngest black people featured on the list:
Marley Dias, 13
Dias founded the #100blackgirlbooks, an initiative set to collect books that feature main characters who are black. She has collected more 10,000 books and has published her own book called Marley Dias Gets it Done and So Can You.
Madina Nalwanga, 18
She came to the limelight as the main character, Phiona, in Queen of Katwe, a film about the Ugandan chess player who overcame the odds to make the society a better place. She has received accolades for her breakthrough role, including an NAACP Image Award, a Women Film Critics Circle Award and the most promising actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Yara Shahidi, 18
Shahidi is not only an actor but also an activist, who has gotten young people to care about social and political issues affecting them.
“I think so many of the problems that arise today are by these arbitrary borders that we put up, these arbitrary distinctions we make between people. And so many of our issues, whether it is economic, whether it is discrimination that has been integrated into systems, centres from somebody deciding that a difference is worth making a political statement,” she said.
The musician has used his music to create social awareness. His album, American Teen earned platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
“So it’s my job, my friends’ job, my peers, whoever, people I’m associated with, whatever it is, it’s our job to take this step and to use our youth, embody and change the course of where history is leading to, because America should not be like this,” he said in a GQ interview.
Amandla Stenberg, 19
Stenberg is not only an actor but also an activist. She started out as Rue in Hunger Games and Maddy in Everything, Everything. Her high school class project in 2015, ‘Don’t Cash Crop my Cornrows’ went viral. The graphic novel she co-authored, Niobe: She is Life she became the first to be internationally distributed with a black female author.