Lucy Warren is a freshman in college that recently graduated from Whitfield High School in St. Louis, Missouri. She is very involved in her school as well as her community. Lucy has participated in local protests throughout the St. Louis community as well as started a Women’s Alliance club at her high school. Positivity + Creativity founder, Agha Haider, talked with Lucy about her activism work in her school and the St. Louis community.
What activism/community service work you have done in the past?
While I participate in local STL protests and marches, most of my activism work has been done in my community at Whitfield School. I believe that the best way to get things done is to get people thinking and provoking new ideas. Doing that at school has allowed me to provoke my peers and younger students about topics they might not have previously thought about. I started the Women’s Alliance club this past year where we have been able to answer different questions like “What does it really mean to be a feminist”? I got most of my knowledge on Women’s Rights from the YWCA where I participated in a service and leadership camp this past summer. I have also led different protests at Whitfield like our “Week of Mourning” in response to the Stockley Verdict and a Walk Out for “March for our Lives”. I’ve found that by continuing to ask questions to teachers and administration, our school has changed in positive ways. We now have a committee in Honors Council directly for Community Conversations and a Director of Equity and Inclusion.
Why did you decide to do this work?
I am passionate about Social Justice. It’s important that our diverse country continues to move forward to a more inclusive one. Honestly, I am tired of hearing about another “Me Too” victim where their perpetrator still holds a position of power or another black person wrongfully gets shot and killed by police and nothing is done. I feel as though I am so incredibly privileged and I have the ability to speak up and do something, so that’s why I do it. As cheesy as it sounds, I want to make this world better. And I will do everything in my power to make that happen.
Who do you look up to?
I look up to my parents. My mom has inspired me to stay strong in my beliefs and my dad has taught me to do it in a way that reaches the most possible people. My mom has shown me it’s okay to stand out on my own and do what I believe what’s right. My dad has reminded me to stay grounded and not get overwhelmed by all of the dark in the world. Together, they have made me the person I am and I am very proud to call them my parents.
What do you hope to accomplish through your work?
I hope to accomplish opening even one mind to different ideas. My personal message as an activist will always be to be a more united community, country, and world. I find that any conversation that ends in “I never thought about it like that” a success. Because showing one person that there is a real reason behind every movement and getting them to see that could be what shapes their beliefs is enough for me. My goal isn’t to change minds, but open minds to change.
How has this changed your life?
With all the dark that goes on in the world, it is such a beautiful reminder that there are people in the world that want to bring light and are willing to fight for it. I am attending the University of Southern California in the fall where I plan to be Pre-Law and study Political Science and Economics. I will continue to be an advocate for Social Justice as it has given me a purpose.
You can follow Lucy on her Instagram: @luucyywarren.