The Dinner Table Documentary recognized five young women of color ages 18 years and under for their drive and accomplishments.

The Dinner Table Documentary founder Asha Boston awards Anya Modeste for her achievements.

On Wednesday, April 18, Damali Caine, a consultant for The Dinner Table Documentary, powerfully reminded the people at Calvary First Nigerian Church of what had brought them there that evening.

“I think in this day and age we have to honor those who are under 18,” Caine said to the crowd. “Because the reality is if we do not work to honor them now, who is going to do it?”

Founded in 2014, the Dinner Table Documentary is a nonprofit organization that hosts media literacy workshops and self-esteem building events for young women of color.

That evening, Caine did her part to recognize Nzinga Anderson, 15; Alyssa Breedlove, 18; Anya Modeste, 18; Sierra Smith, 18; and Dalia Turner, 17, for all they have achieved so far in their short lives. From overcoming mental health issues and graduating near the top of her class, to running a pastry chef business, each of these five young women has defied odds and contributed to their communities.

Take a look at the video to learn more about these young women and the ceremony held in their honor.


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Shiloh Frederick

Shiloh Frederick reports for BK Reader. She is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she earned an undergraduate degree in history, with a minor in journalism. Shiloh is now dedicating her...

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