2020 - TEXAS (HOUSTON REGION)
Sherrod Session is a senior at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas. Currently, he serves as the youth education chairman through the NAACP at the BBYO annual conference. Every year the NAACP Houston Youth Council and College Division hosts a workshop at the BBYO conference. The primary task is to spread awareness of past and current evidence of black oppression and to establish an understanding of it. This has served as a bridging factor for Jewish and black youth. The workshop isolates particular issues that structurally target African American people, such as juvenile justice, education, and the school-to-prison pipeline. As education chairman, he has given a number of presentations and led group exercises regarding the condition of black education and the system's denial of it. Overall, the NAACP workshop has proved to not only allow but also to encourage Jewish students to identify with black oppression; his segment on education empowerment and the workshop as a whole created common ground between the racial issues that both the Jewish and black communities face. Sherrod plans to continue to participate in this workshop throughout college.