ABC 7 News Featuring Sierra Leone Anderson
ABC 7 News recently hosted a story about Get Lit on their nightly news. In the first of a two-part segment, reporter Anabel Munoz highlighted Sierra Leone Anderson, a Get Lit Player who recently wrote the poem "For Uvalde" about gun violence.
"LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Sierra Leone Anderson has a bright smile and an infectious laugh.
The 15-year-old describes herself as a scholar, determined, loving, and honest, as evidenced in her poem titled "For Uvalde."
She dedicates the poem to the families and communities in Uvalde, impacted by the murder of 19 children and two teachers, and all victims of gun violence.
"If anyone reads this poem, whether they're youth, or they're an educator, whether they're not, I really want them to be afraid," said Anderson. "I really want them to be scared of how kids are living now, of how we've lived for a very long time. And then I want them to actually do something about it."
She began writing poetry at about age 12 when her teacher implemented the Get Lit Words Ignite curriculum."
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