“One of the first things I think young people, especially nowadays, should learn is how to see for yourself and listen for yourself and think for yourself.
You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
I am neither a fanatic nor a dreamer. I am a Black man who loves peace and justice and loves his people.
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression.
We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society.
The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect as human beings, the God-given right to be a human being. Our common goal is to obtain the human rights America has been denying us. We can never get civil rights in America until our human rights are first restored. We will never be recognized as citizens there until we are first recognized as humans.
The Negro’s so-called ‘revolt’ is merely an asking to be accepted into the existing system!”
Euclid Preparatory Families, Friends, and Community Members,
After all of the hard work of the civil rights movement, Malcolm X’s iconic speech is still very relevant today. It is with a heavy heart that I come to you with a message of hope, a message of love, and a message of peace. In these difficult days, we must now begin to talk to our kids about the world and open their eyes to the reality of society. As educators and parents, we need to be honest with our kids daily, and talk to them about what is going on. Ask your kids how they feel, share with them some of your experiences. I myself am raising a 13-year-old Black Male. I had to open up to him, and have a very real conversation with him about how he could potentially be seen as a threat just because he is a black young man.
If we want change we have to be the change we seek. We have to demand equality. We have to come together as one and work together as a community. This is the time for change! Euclid Preparatory School is committed to being a light in the community, a place where students will feel accepted and wanted. Where they will always feel safe and free. No matter what is going on in the outside world. This place will be a beacon of HOPE.
If you would like to learn more about the movement and get involved, or if you would like additional resources please follow the two links below. Stay safe.