Students from Burlington High School helped plan and facilitate intergenerational conversations on race and equity in our community last week at ECHO Lake and Aquarium Center. This event was co-sponsored by the Partnership for Change, Mayor Miro Weinberger, State Representative Kesha Ram, The Young Writers Project and other community partners.
Senior Henry Prine interviewed students at BHS and produced a film Working Together, We Can Do Better for the event. A team of students trained by The Young Writers Project handled media coverage of the event. It was a powerful evening where student and community voice engaged together in a meaningful honest dialogue that followed senior Jacques Okuka’s direction to “be comfortable with being uncomfortable”.
Ram sent the following quote by Maya Angelou to student planners and facilitators after the event, which sums up the spirit students channeled for the event: “Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.”