“In one America, people rage for the freedom to get a haircut and a tattoo. The other is raging just to be seen and heard,” said CNN television journalist Chris Cuomo, who deemed the United States as a tale of two cities.
During a time when individuals are divided between rioting for the freedom to leave their houses sans masks or protesting on behalf of a Black man whose freedom to breathe was infringed by an officer’s knee, it is apparent that action must be taken for a just America.
Activism among students has grown substantially since George Floyd was killed on May 25. Adolescents throughout the nation have joined in nonbelligerent marches, political protests and charity fundraisers to raise awareness for their beliefs.
Among these young activists is rising junior Ellie Bilderback. The contemporary oppression and discrimination had struck a chord with the Arnold resident. Ellie dedicated her quarantine to baking bread from scratch to sell statewide for the Black Visions Collective, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring Black lives have autonomy, safety and liberty.
“The unnecessary killing of Black men and women must stop,” she said. “I stand with all protestors and think that major police reform is in our future.”
Six months ago, the empowered teen began baking bread, inspired by her love for Louisa May Allcott’s novel “Little Women.” Headstrong leaders and determined characters within the novel prepared bread often as an avocation. With an abundance of natural ingredients, Ellie committed herself to selling pastries for a deserving cause.
“Making bread is simple,” she claimed. The homemade delicacy consists solely of flour, yeast, water, oil and rosemary. Though the ingredient list is minimal, the hearty loaves roughly take four hours to reach their wholesome taste.
Friends of Ellie describe her vegan bread as soft with a crisp crust. Her satisfied customers span from various parts of the East Coast. Deliveries range from a five-minute drive to Severna Park to a road trip to Ashburn, Virginia. Distributing the baked goods is Ellie’s biggest challenge in executing her bread for “bread” exchange.
While she has no set goal, the optimistic scholar plans to raise money as long as she is able to. Her donations, provided by patrons, have exceeded $300 toward aiding a community suffering from racial discrimination.
The young activist describes herself as “an ally for all people of color, now and always.”
Ellie constantly discovers more of the flawed sides of America through articles, photos and videos spread on social media. She encourages the public to educate themselves, sign petitions, protest safely, donate to nonprofit organizations and buy her bread!
To learn more, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.