When Aimee Allison was 14, her mother took her to see civil rights leader Jesse Jackson speak — and something changed in her.
Growing up black and biracial in a predominantly white community, Allison regularly experienced incidents of racism. And while she worked hard in school and wanted to someday attend college, it was hard to imagine herself as a leader. After all, she hadn't seen anyone in government who looked like her.
But listening to Jackson changed her whole idea of what her future could entail.