CJ Pearson, the 17-year-old president of Last Hope USA, has leveraged his popular online presence to raise more than $160,000 to help black-owned businesses destroyed or damaged during the recent rioting in Atlanta.
Pearson, whose organization is oriented around improving Americans' civic education, worked with the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs to help identify black businesses to assist. Pearson presented a $10,000 check to the owners of Wilbourn Sisters Designs this week.
The teenage activist stressed his motivation was to not just talk about how black lives matter, but to do something to prove it.
"I've got to tell you, burning down a Wendy's or any establishment didn't do anything for my black life," Pearson told Fox News. "So what I wanted to do is show that conservatives can come together and we can actually help people of color."