By Adriane Mertens - srcity.org, December 7, 2020.
The Next Generation of Civil Rights Activists: Getting to Know Joy Ayodele
Eighteen-year-old Santa Rosa resident Joy Ayodele has been a powerful leader and staple in the community. Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Ayodele has been active as a community leader regarding racial inequity and injustice. After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, she expressed her hurt and frustration by putting together a protest that she announced on social media. She explained that it wasn’t organized or planned, and she wouldn’t have thought hundreds of people would show up. That moment was powerful for her; seeing the turnout, the amount of youth who were present and feeling a sense of community even in that moment.