Human Rights in the 20th Century
Contemplate Challenge AppreciateLast night we had a great discussion about Human Rights in the 1900s, leading to a beautiful conversation about our personal background with the current Civil Rights experience, especially concerning Black Lives Matter. Our host presented his views on the last 50 years and brought the question to our generation. The students listened with candor and reflection, respectfully challenged views, examined the opposing perspectives, and students came to each other's aid. The differences between the Dr. MLK Jr movement and the statement made by Kaepernick were discussed with openness and frankness. Humanities are all about observing, appreciating, and understanding how we are experiencing the world around us. I believe the students earnestly were looking for a solution and a way forward. I could not be more proud of my students!
Our host, Rayvan Davis Sr., recounts Civil Rights events as he experienced them growing up.
- > to 1960s: Highest number of lynchings toward Black Americans in the US recorded.
- 1962: Dr. MLK Jr inspires his fellow Americans to support him in his vision for a land free and equal for all people.
- The 1970s- 1980: Jim Crows laws continue in housing, education, medical restrictions.
- The 2010s: Colin Kaepernick makes a polarizing statement against police brutalityPresently: the Black Lives Matter movement carries up the torch.
Kelly Perez, Adjunct Professor