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Marissa Banks


Malvern, Arkansas • Class of 2022

Recent Think the Vote debate winner Marissa Banks is currently a junior at Malvern High School, in Malvern, Arkansas. Among her favorite classes are English and U.S. History. Her biggest influences in life are her parents and her former Pre-AP English teacher, Ms. Claudine James.

If they were alive today, Marissa would definitely follow Mildred Loving and Martin Luther King Jr. on social media because “they both have really impacted my life.”

“I love history,” says Marissa. “I especially love African American history. I also love speaking about BLM and how inequality is still alive and unfortunately thriving. Therefore I feel like my future career will have something to do with that. I want to fight the good fight against racism as MLK did. That’s my future.”