Chicago: A Land of Wilderness and Oasis | Eva Lewis | TEDxTeen

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

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  1. A Land of Wilderness and Oasis" is, concurrently, depressing and uplifting at the same time.
    But, the greatest uplift, the greatest takeaway is listening to this magnificent young lady named Eva Maria Lewis

  2. I watched a few minutes, hoping to hear something useful. Unfortunately, nothing.

    No one, outside of the government, will invest their time and money in an area where they will likely experience violence.

    I also wonder about this young lady's job prospects. Complaining isn't going to work. Maybe lose the extreme style, especially the nose ring, change your attitude and demand more from yourself and others by how you live and the things you do. Wishing her and Chicago the best, but the ball is in their court.

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