Friday, February 29, 2008

SNCC passes the torch

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Four Civil Rights activists planted some serious seeds in fertile ground, as moderator Steve Crump put it, at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee panel discussion Feb.26 at Central Piedmont Community College.

Members of the SNCC, or “Snick” panel, included Efia Nwangaza, Ira Grupper, Isaac Coleman and Theresa El-Amin. The discussion was led by moderator Steve Crump, WBTV journalist and award-winning documentary film-maker.

Each panelist stressed the importance of inter-generational discussion. We have to face up to the fact that injustice is still here, Coleman said, explaining that the same problems he faced still exist in new manifestations.

Grupper spoke passionately about what civil rights meant to him and how racism is still very much a problem today, putting the responsibility on young people’s shoulders. We need to learn from you, he said to the audience, joking that they are just too old to take the beatings anymore.

You have to know history, said El-Amin, and know that you can make it every day.

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(Chey Scott)

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