US students from the Pembroke Society and the REACH Program attended a social justice forum at the City Club of Cleveland in October. Renowned civil rights activist, author, lecturer, and professor, Angela Davis, was the featured guest at the forum, The Power of Prohibited Words.
The forum on intellectual freedom and censorship was hosted at the City Club in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. Dr. Davis spoke on various topics including how her relationship with books, the library, and knowledge was central to her upbringing. She stressed how important reading is to inspiring young people to think critically about the world and to ask questions to help make the world a better place for all human beings.
Michael Matthews '24, and James Mason '27 asked thought-provoking questions during the forum. Dr. Davis shared that there isn’t just one social justice issue that is “most important” to tackle. Still, she encouraged students to do “everything,” give time and attention to all causes and ultimately tend to the needs of everyone. She shared that even though young people are often told to think individually, they must act collectively.
The forum was a tremendous opportunity for our boys. They were fine ambassadors for our school.
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