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The Root 100—A Celebration of Black Excellence

How this 25-year-old is tearing down the master's house and building the people's house

Alwiyah Shariff says organizing people can really work, and she should know. She’s civic engagement coordinator for the Ohio Student Association, which activates young people across the state to work on issues of justice—racial, social, economic, and educational.

“The master’s house is made up of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism,” the 25-year-old says, “and you can’t build the people’s house until you defeat those things.”

Fusion is profiling 30 women, all 30 or younger, who will change the presidential election—fighting for causes as diverse as their backgrounds, each wielding power in a unique way. You can check out their stories here and talk about them with the hashtag #the30.

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