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6 Ways to Advocate for Racial Justice From Home
By Phyllis Segal July 8, 2020
The nation’s COVID-19 pandemic needn’t sideline you in this critical fight
On August 27, 1963, I was a sheltered, white, college student driving with my parents to Washington, D.C. to join the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Deciding to go wasn’t easy. Letters to my then-boyfriend (we later married) remind me how we worried about possible violence and wondered whether we’d be welcomed. After considerable back and forth, we decided to meet in D.C. and march together, joined by my parents.
Like us, they had never done something like this before — but they believed in what we’d be marching for, and also that I needed a chaperone.
What Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Said
In my mind’s eye, I can still picture where we stood: under a tree on a corner of the reflecting pool with a perfect view of the stage. I can still hear Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s voice and feel the tears streaming down my face as his words made me see a reality outside my own life experience and inspired me with hope.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’…. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
And I can still remember feeling surrounded by tens of thousands of hopeful, welcoming, peaceful people whose skin color was different than mine but who shared a vision for what America needed to become. Marching that day set my husband and me on a path to stand up for social justice throughout our lifetimes.
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Now, at 75 and sheltered again — this time because of COVID-19 — I’m struggling to figure out how to get off the sidelines and stand up against racial injustice. I’m thinking about how I can join with younger generations, as my parents joined with me, and be an effective ally in this fight.
Like so many others, I’m taking time to learn about the history of race in America, history that neither my children nor I were ever taught in school.
But I also feel compelled to take action. As I’ve learned over the course of my life, there are a lot of ways to advocate for a better world. Here are six of them that I — we — can do even while sheltering at home: Read more here.
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