Incredible Young Poets Get Real About Growing Up in the US

Trigger Warning: This video mentions sexual assault.

Here’s the devastating truth about growing up in the United States.

We all know about the lessons we learn in school, but what’s missing from our history books?

As these young women tell it, “The greatest lessons are the ones you don’t remember learning.”

Since we don’t hear the brutal truth about injustice in history books, check out the stunning lessons in this poem.

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This poem was performed at Brave New Voices, a poetry festival and international network of organizations committed to the voices of the next generation. It was created by Youth Speaks and was the first youth-centered poetry slam in the nation. Follow Youth Speaks on Twitter @youthspeaks.

The performers are Rhiannon McGavin, Zariya Allen, and Belissa Escoloedo.