Samuel says growing up in that climate of social change made him aware of his responsibility to his community. Sharing that message with younger generations, he says, is critical. "Without [our generation] being the kind of people we are, they wouldn't have the lives they have," Samuel says. The younger generation "needs to grasp what's going on politically. ... And start to talk among themselves and not just vote, but actively voice what's going on around them so that they can effect some change."