Zyaja Mattocks is a graduate of UNC Fayetteville in Psychology. She plans to continue onto medical school. Born and raised in Pamlico County her roots here are deep. She is a member of YNTO, Youth Navigating Towards Opportunity, a group that mentors Pamlico youth. As a part of YNTO, at their first annual Juneteenth Celebration last year, Zyaja gave a speech about the origins of Juneteenth. She is a dynamic speaker and has much to share. She will be speaking about Juneteenth and about her story as a young black woman understanding the past and its impact on the present.
Listen to her speech here, delivered by Lakeesha Jones.