Odelia Younge is a 26 year old MPhil candidate at the University of Cambridge, where she studies Politics, Development, and Democratic Education. Her research focuses on black male youth identity, transgressions, and resistance, within spatial theory, critical youth studies, and radical black feminist theory. Her previous work has focused on collectives of black women and historical memory.
I am an educator, researcher, traveler, spiritualist, and lover of life–especially life that involves the survival of those not meant to survive. I am spurred forward in my work because as Jesse Williams said, “I am not here to tuck ignorance in at night.” Knowing is about forgetting what you have been taught to be true, and building anew. I love working with children and teenagers, and my work as an educator has grown my rootedness in community love and building. As a researcher I am driven by the principle of doing well by those I love and for who my research speaks to and helps provide a platform for. In surviving my own oppressive institutions, I now seek community with those who speak to the collective. My writing has been most influenced by my mother, Audre Lorde, Richard Wright, bell hooks, James Baldwin, Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. When I’m not writing or researching, you can find me with a full glass of red wine, watching Netflix, perfecting my side-eye, and being filled with joy and laughter by friends.