Keith Grant Pemberton II

2023 - AT LARGE

Keith Grant Pemberton II is a senior at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, North Carolina. A resident of High Point, North Carolina, he currently serves as the president of the High Point Youth Council of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). From a young age, Keith was inspired by leaders who sought to generate positive change not only within their own communities but for individuals across the country, and he became motivated to advocate for racial equity through avenues of grassroots activism and youth engagement. Under his leadership, the High Point Youth Council has grown from 15 to more than 120 members, impacting hundreds across the city and becoming one of the state's largest youth branches. Through collaborating with the High Point NAACP Adult Branch, Keith has provided fellow members with opportunities to engage in grassroots activity regarding voter education, food insecurity, community reparations and police brutality. He has also led the formation of chapters at historically Black high schools like T. Wingate Andrews and predominantly white institutions like High Point University. Most recently, Keith led the effort to recruit the first international member of the High Point Youth Council, who is from Accra, Ghana. Keith hopes to help establish a chapter in Ghana and elsewhere in the Global South in order to further the NAACP's mission of inclusion and equity. In addition to his work with the NAACP, Keith serves as Forsyth Country Day School's student body president, Student Diversity Leadership Council chairman, and Black Student Union co-founder. In these capacities, he has continued to work toward creating a more comprehensive and equitable educational environment that honors and respects the self-identities of his peers. Through his contributions both with the NAACP and at Forsyth Country Day, Keith has become even more determined to help youth be the change they wish to see in the world. Lastly, in collaboration with his school's administration, Keith is creating an African-American Studies course that seeks to provide accurate historical narratives, improve culture competency, and inform the next generation of leaders.