Jasmine Davis, of New York, New York, has a passion for social justice. This passion, nurtured by her family, school, and city, made her an advocate of “equality for all”. Her instrument of change, film, allows her to raise awareness through photos of “what does go on” in her country
Davis has lived in New York City her whole life, first in Manhattan before moving to the Bronx. She attends City College Academy of the Arts in Washington Heights, where she serves as student body president and chair of the dean’s council. She says the diversity of the city helped to shape her appreciation for social justice, and growing up with the exposure of different types of people generated her awareness as well.
This awareness was amplified by her family’s history in the Civil Rights Movement. Her maternal grandparents, African-American and German, wed in the 1960’s before interracial marriage was widely legalized. Thus, advocating for social justice is in her blood.
So when Davis showed an interest in using film as a way to raise awareness about these issues, her family stood firmly behind her. Encouraged by her family to take advantage of New York's many film festivals, Davis developed a love for the art and the impact it had on behavior at an early age. As she got older, she began making her own videos to showcase injustice and bring
awareness to her community. In 2016, Davis founded The Girl’s Empowerment Group (T.G.E.G.) as a space for like minded young women to speak out about social injustices in their community. Their next project, which focuses on the lack of toiletries for the homeless, begins in a month.
Davis plans to continue this effort in the future and considers a college major in film. She wants to go abroad in the years to come and make videos about civil rights movements in other countries. Davis hopes these films will raise awareness and have an impact on the human community.
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