Black Girls Talk Politics?

This past Wednesday, I attended the Social Justice Institute’s Post-Election & Where to Go from Here event at Case Western Reserve University. It saw the division evident on its campus, and provided counseling and roundtable discussions for their students. CWRU decided to offer this event for the community to assist in the healing process. Critical conversations are happening throughout this country.

The panel included speakers from CWRU and local organizations: John Flores (History), Steve Holecko (Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus), Kathryn Lavelle (Political Science), Julia Shearson (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Ted Steinberg (History), and Rhonda Y. Williams (Social Justice Institute/History). They spoke candidly about their views through a historical context.

While listening to the speakers’ analyses, I started to reflect on the parallelism between what is happening today and the Civil War. As Abraham Lincoln once stated that “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. Ironically this event’s name partially shared the title of Martin Luther King’s drafted final book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? The speakers did not only state their perspectives about the election but their recommendations on how to move forward.

I left before the last two panelists spoke and Q & A because it was a long day. During that hour, I learned about the history of U.S. voting, and how to use volunteerism to mend the wounds of our country.

This spring, CWRU will offer the Introduction to Social Justice course to those individuals who are passionate about becoming change agents.