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The Voices of a Movement: Young Activism and Social Justice

The Black Lives Matter movement has been at the forefront of conversations about police violence. With the modern world in the midst of a serious health crisis and the public conversation about police violence becoming feverish at times, there is one young activist from Everett who hopes to be a positive voice in all of that.

Olushola “Shola” Bolonduro is the son of Nigerian immigrants and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. He is a nursing student and is trained as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist. He is currently studying nursing through an online program at Tacoma Community College and plans to take many of his prerequisites at Everett Community College.

Bolonduro began his activism after moving to Everett. He says, “I really wanted to be a part of the Black Lives Matter movement that was happening. I also knew that I wanted to help get things moving in Snohomish County since there wasn’t that much networking and organized protests, compared to what I saw happening in King County.”

As an African American teen growing up in Western Washington, Bolonduro was keenly aware of the challenges that minorities face in American culture. He says, “I developed a strong desire to bring about public […]

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