by Ferima Islamyate
Together we stand,
Against the greatest challenges,
That covers our light,
Regardless of race or personality,
Selection from a speech delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on July 4, 1965, two years after his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Anyone who lives inside the US can never be considered an outsider anywhere in the country. (Dr. Martin Luther King)
by Mckim Jean-Pierre '16
(title taken from President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union message)
“I probably shouldn’t say this, but…” is, quite often, a warning sign to all around that what is about to follow is likely to be offensive and they are being asked not to react in kind. My reactions to this statement differ according to the context. If it’s my classroom, I might actually interrupt the student (which I almost never ever do) and suggest, “In my experience, what follows that statement usually should not actually be said. That may not be true in this case, but I would strongly recommend you at least rethink whatever it is you’re about to say.” It’s a bit wordy, granted, but then that automatically gives the student time to think. More often than not, they smile with a hint of gratitude and say, “Never mind.”
(a speech delivered at Housemeeting on Monday, January 19, 2015 in honor of Martin Luther King Day)
“They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
While I had a good experience at the recent “Justice for All” March in Washington organized by Rev. Al Sharpton, I was and still am mindful that a number of my friends in the anti-racism movement were disturbed by some of the events that transpired. Particularly notable among these is the exclusion of young leaders of the Ferguson protests and the infamous cutting of the mic while Johnetta Elzie, one of the organizers of the Ferguson protests, was speaking. This seemed to confirm an impression among many activists prior to the protest that Rev. Sharpton was co-opting the movement away from some of the very young people that had helped get it started.
An address to the school delivered on Martin Luther King Day.
It has been one month and one week to the day since the shooting at Sandy Hook, and still many of us are depressed and in shock. In quiet moments at holiday gatherings, online in virtual discussions on bulletin boards and through Twitter, many of my friends and family have shared that they felt subdued this year compared to in normal years. This is in no way meant to diminish, share, or hope to begin to understand the grief that parents and family members of those who died must be feeling; it is simply the truth of our reality.
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