She may not have graduated high school yet, but Zyahna Bryant already has made a name for herself.
The Charlottesville High School junior first gained national attention when she created a petition in March 2016 to remove Charlottesville’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The petition caused a nationwide conversation on the role of Confederate symbols in contemporary society, especially after white nationalist rallies last year.
Bryant’s activism hasn’t gone unnoticed. In April, she received the Washington, D.C., regional Princeton Prize in Race Relations for her advocacy work at CHS. In September, she is traveling to Connecticut to accept the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s student prize.