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Taikein Cooper has a deep affection and strong commitment to local politics and helping youth engage in the American political process. Born in historic Prince Edward County, one of the five counties in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, Cooper is a 2006 graduate from both Southside Virginia Community College and Prince Edward County High School. He has lived in Virginia his entire life, except to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Long before Taikein could drive, he was canvassing throughout Virginia’s communities as an 11 year old to help elect his D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teacher, Travis Harris, as Prince Edward County’s Sheriff. During his college years, Taikein led various political action committees, served on the prestigious Chancellor’s Search Committee and even led a grassroots effort to Jena, LA, calling for justice for the infamous Jena Six. DO NOT MISS TONIGHT BECAUSE YOU MAY BE LISTENING TO A FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.
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