Growing up in Anne Arundel County, Ashley Williams said she experienced microaggressions — intentional or unintentional insensitive comments to people based on their race or gender. Students would say she was familiar with government assistance because she is Black. Williams, whose family at the time was not receiving government assistance, said she also felt lonely because she was one of three Black students in her Advanced Placement Spanish, U.S. History and Calculus classes.

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