It Isn’t Enough to Talk of Peace


Cheryl Reitan, UMD staff member: The Dred Scott memorial was the last stop at the end of a journey that changed everyone of us. Last night Tyler led us in a reflection. It was a debriefing kind of thing and many of us, myself included, talked about what’s next — about what we can do to to follow the incredible Civil Rights leaders who have gone before us. The students at Tougaloo College are working to help voters get IDs because a new Mississippi’s voter ID law will go into effect in June 2014. The students at COFO are working on an education ballot initiative. And some of us on this trip are talking about volunteering in schools and with troubled youth. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “It isn’t enough to talk of peace. We must believe it and must work at it.” We’re ready.

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