Chicago is dying. A closer look at underserved communities and how we all can fix this problem. Eva Maria Lewis is an eighteen-year-old activist and artist from the south side of Chicago, Illinois. During her junior year of high school, she created The I Project. The I Project combines art and activism to advocate for intersectionality. In the summer of 2016, after leading thousands through the streets of downtown Chicago to protest police brutality, Eva and three other Black girls founded Youth for Black Lives.
She has spoken and performed at many places, including the United Nations in New York City twice. In March of 2017, Eva received the Pioneer Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women. In April of 2017, she received the Princeton Prize for Race Relations. Most recently, in June of 2017, she received the Rising Star award from the DuSable Museum at their Night of 100 Stars. Eva’s work has been published in Teen Vogue several times.
She is currently a first year student at the University of Pennsylvania on a full ride with the Questbridge College Match Scholarship. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at