5 Millennials Who Inspired Us in 2017

We The People was created to highlight and share the amazing work of millennials across the country in multiple fields with the goal of extending the American Dream to all people. 2017 was a year of action, especially for millennials; so much so that we have deemed 2017 the year of the Millennial Revolution. We have highlighted many of these inspiring stories and have a few more to share before the end of season 2, but wanted to uplift our Top 5. These 5 millennials inspired us this past year and look to see much more from them in 2018. 

Check out our list below, and feel free to add someone in the comment section that has inspired you this past year.

1. Chance the Rapper, Musician & Philanthropist

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Chance the Rapper, a native Chicagoan, is a musician, producer, actor and philanthropist. He has always been gifted in music, but wasn't always sure where it would take him. In high school he was known as a class clown. In 2013 he began gaining recognition after the release of his album Acid Rap, and the rest is history. He has worked with Kanye West to Kirk Franklin and everyone in between. In 2017 he won 3 Grammy's for his album Coloring Book. As he continues to progress in his career he has never forgotten where he came from, the city of Chicago. His philanthropic organization, Social Works, hosts many free events throughout the city and has partnered with multiple organizations and foundations to donate millions to Chicago Public Schools for the advancement of music and arts education. This past summer in addition to the many accolades he has received, he was awarded the 2017 BET Humanitarian Award. 

2. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama

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Randall Woodfin is the 30th and current Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to being elected, he served as the President of the Birmingham City School Board and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Birmingham. This Morehouse alum is the youngest mayor the city has seen since 1893. Randall built a platform centered on improving the city’s safety and bettering the sense of trust between citizens and City Hall. “Our city, our 23 communities, our 99 neighborhoods, you have all spoken very clearly – we deserve better,” Woodfin said during his victory speech. 

3. Elaine Welteroth, Editor-in-Chief of Teen VOGUE

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Elaine Welteroth is the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. She is only the second African-American in Condé Nast's 107-year history to hold this title. Elaine's quick rise is a testament to her hard work. Within a matter of years she was an intern at Ebony Magazine, assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, and then in 2011, Beauty and Style editor. She later moved to Glamour magazine as the Senior Editor, and in 2012 made the move to Teen Vogue as the Beauty & Health Director. Condé Naste officially named Welteroth editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue on April 29, 2017. She is credited for the notable increase of Teen Vogue coverage of politics and social justice, encouraging readers to become civically engaged, specifically during the 2016 presidential election. Under Welteroth's leadership of Teen Vogue's shifting format, the magazine developed its first YouTube channel, featuring content on diverse subjects from campus style to cultural appropriation. 

4. Miguel Solice, President of Latino Center for Leadership Development

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Miguel Solis is the youngest board member and youngest board president ever elected to the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees. Having served the students of Dallas as a teacher, administrator, trustee, and advocate, Miguel knows what it takes to transform Dallas ISD Schools. Miguel grew up in Port Author, Texas and went to college at both Lamar and Harvard University. In addition to his work as a Dallas ISD Board member, he also serves as the President of the Latino Center for Leadership Development where he works to cultivate a pipeline of leaders, optimize their strengths and talents, and engage them in thought and practice to meet the growing demand for leadership in the Latino community.

5. Tamika Mallory, Activist & National Co.Chair for the Women's March

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Tamika Mallory a native New Yorker is no stranger to organizing and lending her voice to the equal treatment of women and people of color. Interestingly enough, her parents were founding members of Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN). Their work was a major inspiration for Tamika's interest in social justice and civil rights. She later became the youngest Executive Director at NAN stepping down in 2013 to begin her own work. After a personal death in her immediate family, she has since been dedicated to stronger gun restriction laws. She worked very closely with the Obama administration on gun control legislation, and has also advised Vice President Joe Biden. Tamika, alongside other great women organized the Women's March, a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017. This march advocated for women's rights, immigration reform, LGBTQIA rights, healthcare reform, environmental reform, Palestinian rights, racial justice, and racial equality. It was the largest single-day protest in US history. Tamika was recently awarded the ALC Co-Chair’s Phoenix Award in recognition of her exemplary leadership and profound impact on social justice and civil rights advocacy at the 2017 Congressional Black Caucus' Phoenix Awards Dinner.