Monday, September 26, 2011

Practice of Freedom and Justice: The Black Diaspora

For nearly 35 years, Richard L. Wright, Ph.D. has taught students at Howard University.
This week, we had the opportunity to share in his wealth of knowledge about black education and segregation,as well as what students can do to take a stand for themselves and the history of our school.
Dr. Wright began by stating how the decline in the black community began with desegregation. After desegregation, the black community was no longer sticking up for each other, they weren't the close brothers and sisters they used to be, but rather distant relatives as they fought for their own survival in a new world, trying to get ahead. They weren't responsible for their own education any longer, and the education progressively declined.
He also told us that we have an obligation to be the most powerful intellectual we can be, so that we can secure the liberation of our people, and he assured us that it is an extreme privilege to be black, and to be at a university and not to take that for granted.
Dr. Wright went on to say that some students might not like the way things turn out at Howard University and he told us to do something about it! He said not to leave angry, but through active engagement, we can provide liberation for ourselves, and others who might face the same problems. If you accept frustration, you will keep being frustrated.

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