Race and Social Justice is a class in Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice where you learn about the Civil Rights Movement all over America and in New York. As a sophomore, I was privileged enough to learn about the movement and how it affects America today. The sad truth is much hasn’t changed since then. For example, the government still votes on whether most Black people can continue having the right to vote; police brutality mostly toward Black people, racial attacks from white supremist groups and disporsionalities in the educational system, especially in New York City, which has the most segregated school system in the US. My class also teamed up with the Brooklyn Public Library this year to be apart of Brooklyn Connections Program were they taught us about researching and how to be a better researcher specifically how to cite evidence also about what was going on in our society years ago and how people tried to make a difference they made.
Our class had to do a project for Brooklyn Connections about what we learned during the sessions. My classmates and I came up with the idea of a quilt. Students were put into groups and was given a protest event we learned about in the Civil Rights Movement in Brooklyn, for example; Operation Cleansweep, Ebinger Bakery, Downstate Medical, Bibuld Family and School Boycott.
By doing this project, I realized that there was a lot done in brooklyn that many people didn’t know concerning the Civil Rights Movement and that much hasn’t changed in education and the rights Black and Latinos get. I also learned that in order for us to change the system we all have to come together and try to get change in the educational system because it is built against us. We also need to be more educated on our rights, so we can understand whats really going around us and how we can fix it.Tags: The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice
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