VIDEO: Meet Darius Baxter
At 22-years-old, Darius Baxter stands out from the rest of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention.
"I don't think I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I was started. It was more so listening to a mentor," Baxter said.
That mentor was DNC Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile. The same day Baxter arrived in Philadelphia for the convention, Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down from her post and his former professor was named interim DNC chair.
One day after class Brazile encouraged Baxter to run as a delegate from Delaware, her student realized he could bring a unique perspective to the convention floor.
"As a young person, we need to be heard. We have a voice -- one that's fresh, honestly."
When Baxter was nine, his police officer father was shot in their home by Baxter's stepmother. Baxter, his brother and their schoolteacher mother suddenly found themselves homeless. He recalls them sharing a bedroom in his grandmother's home.
"If you ask me where my hometown is, I'll always say Southeast D.C. because that's where I really grew as a young man, and I kind of found who Darius Baxter actually was."
Baxter went on to attend Georgetown University on a football scholarship. During his four years, he discovered his passion for helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds. He and three of his college friends formed GOODPartners, an organization that connects companies, schools and healthcare providers to neighborhoods in need.
Baxter insists that he didn't become a delegate with the purpose of one day running for office.
"That time will come. A lot of people, they set out on a journey and they say, I wanna be president. For me, I firmly believe that leaders don't set out to be leaders."
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