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In March, Choates took first place in Amazon’s 'Black is Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition': Meet Spelman Student Nyla Choates – Fearless Youth Leader, Author & Entrepreneur I LISTEN-to-Podcast

*In this episode of Underground Magnolia Podcast, we shine a spotlight on Nyla Choates – an inspiring youth activist, entrepreneur, and author. The 19-year-old founded the nonprofit My Roots Are Rich as a high school student in Milpitas, California. The organization takes a proactive stance against systemic racism by conducting a variety of self-pride and literacy workshops across the nation.

Nyla Choates
Nyla Choates is the founder of the nonprofit My Roots Are Rich. (Courtesy of Nyla Choates)

In 2021, Nyla demonstrated her commitment to social justice by organizing a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in her hometown, which is in Silicon Valley.

Nyla Choates (in the middle with tan sign) organized a peaceful Black Lives Matter March in her hometown of Milpitas, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. (Courtesy of My Roots Are Rich)

A year later, she self-published a children’s book titled after her nonprofit that encourages young readers to embrace their heritage and take pride in their roots.

Nyla Choates self-published “My Roots Are Rich,” a children’s book about celebrating your heritage. (Courtesy of My Roots Are Rich)

Currently, Nyla is a junior at the historically Black women’s college, Spelman, where her leadership prowess has earned her numerous awards in business and entrepreneurship. Her journey exemplifies resilience, passion, and the power of using one’s voice to effect positive change.

In March 2024, Nyla Choates took first place in Amazon’s “Black is Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition” held at prominent HBCU Morehouse College. (Courtesy of Nyla Choates)

Listen in on Underground Magnolia Podcast to find out more about this impressive young woman on Spotify and other major podcast platforms.

For more on the Underground Magnolia Podcast and to listen to other episodes hosted by award-winning journalist Desiréia Valteau, go here.

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