Black Male Educators are Continuing the Legacy of Civil Rights Leaders
I don’t take it lightly growing up in Atlanta which is coined as the home of the Civil Rights Movement. A movement centered on nonviolence demonstrations to eradicate racial prejudices and acts of hatred toward citizens of color. One Civil Rights Activist, W.E.B DuBois, who taught at the University Center (AUC) in the 1930's would also say to his students, “Our freedom is sought through education!”HEY Atlanta, is helping reach our Atlanta youth convinced by systemic racism and poverty. In my opinion, this is our call to civil rights during this time, ensuring our youth aren’t falling into the same pitfalls that our legends advocated to eradicate.
We’re using what we’ve learned from John Lewis, Joseph Lowery, Hosea Williams, C.T. Vivian and many others and we are advocating for affordable housing, better educational outcomes, crime prevention, ending police brutality and even helping find a solution for our Black and brown youth on corners selling water for survival. As an educator, I utilize the experiences and memories of having been in rooms with several Civil Rights legends to connect the youth of this generation to the work. I’m reminded of Hosea Williams and what he would press upon us during community projects. “We need the young people in the front because they will be the ones leading the way soon!” I have confidence that our civil rights legends will rest peacefully knowing that the torch has been passed and we’re ready, willing and able to carry it onward.
The original article can be viewed here for the Atlanta History Centers to civil rights leaders Lowery, Vivian and Lewis.