22-year-old Frantzy Luzincourt takes his culture with him everywhere he goes. As the son of Haitian immigrants living in Brooklyn, New York, the importance of education has been instilled in him since he was a child. This value translated into a passion for equity in education, especially around the integration and desegregation of New York City public schools.
When Frantzy was a sophomore in high school, his English teacher pushed him to join the school's first-ever Black Student Union, where he eventually served as founding President for two years. “Advocating for the black students on my campus, battles with administration and staff, as well as educating my nonblack peers all helped to build my voice and solidify my commitment to this larger struggle towards justice and equality,” he recalled.
“I do what I do because it is important that as the generation that is inheriting the world, we are involved and at the forefront of creating a place that is just and equitable for all.”
From there, Frantzy continued to organize and grow as a student leader, advocating for the youth voice in decision-making spaces. “I do what I do because it is important that as the generation that is inheriting the world, we are involved and at the forefront of creating a place that is just and equitable for all,” he said.
Frantzy is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Strategy for Black Lives, a youth-led group that advocates for equity and policy reform to improve black lives. The organization is one of the most visible in New York and has been on the front lines since the George Floyd movement last summer.“What makes me is my passion for youth voice and leadership and public service,” he said. “From protesting to student government, to civic engagement, my passion shows up everywhere and my commitment to fighting for a more just society for all.”
“My purpose is to act in service of a vision that puts the people and their needs first.”
As an exceptional Gen Z’er making a difference, he was honored for his work in the Human Rights space through The ConversationaLIST. “I use my voice for good by advocating for the voiceless, fighting for the disenfranchised, and elevating the marginalized,” he said. “My purpose is to act in service of a vision that puts the people and their needs first.”
Frantzy wants those who are seeking to find their voice to take their time and start small. “Everyone can make a change, and no one can take that away from you,” he said.
In five years, Fratzy sees himself in Grad school pursuing a joint JD-MPP. He hopes to continue building leaders, uplifting the black community, and working to leave the world better off than he found it.
Frantzy resonates with The Conversationalist because of its commitment to amplifying Gen Z voices. “Since I was 15 years old, I have been committed to championing youth voices, and it is something that has drawn me to The Conversationalist,” he said.
He said that a unified world is intersectional and values equality and justice. One that prioritizes the marginalized and ensures everyone has what they need to live a prosperous life. He hopes to see Gen Z achieve this by working together and advocating for a better society and continuing to fight the good fight.
To break open his echo chambers, Frantzy goes out of his way to challenge himself in conversations and learn from different media sources. “It’s important to constantly learn about our surroundings if we are committed to improving them,” he said.
“A wise man knows they know nothing at all, and it is important to approach difficult conversations from a place of understanding and reason.”
Frantzy approaches difficult conversations with humility and an open mind. “A wise man knows they know nothing at all, and it is important to approach difficult conversations from a place of understanding and reason,” he said.