The last few years have been difficult for Antone De'Juan Davis Correia.
In September 2011, his uncle, Troy Davis, was executed in Georgia after his case grabbed the nation's attention and sparked widespread controversy. Less than three months later, Correia's mother, Martina Correia who had been the face of the campaign to grant her brother clemency, lost her battle with cancer.
But the young man, who goes by De'Juan, remained committed to his promise to his uncle and his mother: to continue his education. In 2013, he started his first year at Morehouse College in Atlanta, pursuing a dual degree in engineering and physics. He was honored for his academic achievement, making the school's dean's list.
Now the Savannah native has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money to put toward tuition for his sophomore year. De'Juan, who was able to attend his first year of college through the financial support of donations, said he hopes people will again find it in their hearts to help him continue his education, make a difference in his community and carry on his fight against the death penalty.
De'Juan's resume is already quite impressive after spending years traveling around the world to gain support for his uncle. He gave his first speech in the seventh grade, and spent years with his mother speaking in cities like New York, Kansas City and London to speak out about unfair criminal justice practices. In 2011, he was named as one of The Root's 25 Young Futurists.
To date, the campaign has raised over two thousand dollars, and hopes to reach a goal of five thousand dollars to cover the remainder of De'Juan's school expenses.
Watch De'Juan's fundraising video above and click here to donate to his cause.