Zyahna Bryant

Zyahna Bryant is a student activist and community organizer studying at the University of Virginia, who works on issues of Racial Justice in Charlottesville, VA. She founded the Black Student Union at her high school and is a member of the Charlottesville Youth Council. At the age of 12, she organized her first demonstration, a rally for Justice for Trayvon Martin and other unarmed black lives lost to police violence.

In 2015, Zyahna spoke as a panelist advocating for funding of public education and grants alongside local organizers and Bernie Sanders at his Town Hall in Charlottesville. Zyahna then created the Black Student Union serving as the chair and wrote the petition to the Charlottesville City Council calling for the removal of the Lee Statue and renaming of the park formerly known as Lee Park.

In 2017, The Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the Statues. Zyahna continues to organize with local teens and youth leaders to create change around issues of race and inequity. Her primary focus is on the inequities in education preventing equal access to youth of color.

In January of 2019, Zyahna published a book, a collection of poetry and essays titled, “Reclaim”. She currently serves as the youngest member of the inaugural Virginia African American Advisory Board where she was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam. She also serves as a member of President Jim Ryan’s Council on UVA- Community Partnerships. Zyahna was named as one of Teen Vogues 21 Under 21 Young People Changing the World.