Civil rights: “We don’t stop, we don’t move backwards. We move forward onto the next movement,” Marian Wright Edelman said, talking about a new civil rights movement that would fight child poverty in America.
“We don’t stop, we don’t move backwards. We move forward onto the next movement,” Marian Wright Edelman said, talking about a new civil rights movement that would fight child poverty in America.
The purpose of “Celebrating Social Justice Milestones” is to honor the social justice and civil rights movements. It is significant this year because it is the 25th anniversary of the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, which outlawed “separate but equal” schooling.
Mosley-Howard hopes that through this lecture series, students and community members who attend will become aware of the importance of history.
“History is present, not just events from the past,” she said.
Mosley-Howard also said she wanted students to leave the lecture inspired, knowing their own life journey can be just as important and inspiring as Edelman’s.
“Each speaker brings another piece of the puzzle,” she said.
Edelman did just that. She enlightened the audience on her life’s work.
“If society cares about children, it should act on it. You can do better, and you must do better,” Edelman urged audience members last night.
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