Kaden Knight wanted to be a Black Panther growing up. His favorite activist is Huey P. Newton, the cofounder of the Black Panther Party. Knight recently graduated from Charlotte’s Myers Park High School.
Now Knight and his best friend Cameron Parker, who are 18 and 19 years old, respectively, are leading hundreds of Charlotteans protesting against police brutality. Young people have made up a majority of protesters flooding the city’s streets and parks over the past week and a half as they call for change in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.