October 31, Arts and Entertainment Source: Celebrate
Devon Lee of Touro University, spoke on behalf of the Willie B. Atkins Program. The speech “discussed how education should be as a used as a tool to help others live and lead the lives that those that came before us have sacrificed for. I, particularly discussed how racism is now more sophisticated than it ever was,” Lee said. “The majority of students had been followed in shopping stores, heard racist comments by their (predominantly white) teachers, and have experienced some sort of race related trauma through interactions with law enforcement, education and/or being Black in public. Students were encouraged to develop a mastery of the knowledge of their past and current struggles to build awareness and organize for change because those same skills that people use to organize are the same skills that will separate you from your competition in the professional world.”
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