"Locate the intersection of activism and intellectualism in Chicago and you’ll find Charlene Carruthers. Wading into the fray with a bullhorn or standing behind a university lectern, this 31-year-old queer feminist community organizer—a native and resident of the South Side with a master’s in social work—has become the clearest voice of Chicago’s new school of social justice activism. In the four years since she became the national director of Black Youth Project 100, the Chicago-based grassroots collective has grown fourfold and added eight chapters. And in the wake of the 2014 Laquan McDonald shooting, it has become a model for direct action movements around the country. “Charlene challenges us to rethink what we mean by political power,” says historian and veteran activist Barbara Ransby. “She has been a catalyst for unleashing the power of black youth in the city.” .
Outtake of Charlene Carrithers for the @chicagomag "Power" feature, story by Darryl Holiday.