Naudia Loftis, a junior at John Carroll University, said activism is in her blood.
“My grandfather was a community activist,” said Loftis.
Three years ago, Loftis led marches through Cleveland streets in hopes of stopping violence. Many across Cleveland followed her lead.
Loftis now lives about 15 minutes from home, but in some ways, she feels a world away.
“I really want to serve my community, specifically by giving them things I didn’t have while growing up,” said Loftis.
Loftis grew up in a home on Kinsmen Road. She said she saw homelessness, poverty, and violence.
“It’s the 10-year anniversary of when I lost my cousin, so I will be doing another march in September for that,” said Loftis.
All of it moves Loftis, and she says it’s catching on at John Carroll.
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