NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The widely-acclaimed movie “Selma” tells the story of the historic and violent march for voting rights in 1965. And, as black history month wrapped up, a group of students in New Haven talked about fighting racism. They also sat down for a special screening of “Selma.”
Many of these adult students in the audience for the Voices of Black Men’ program are well aware of the realities of racism.
“Lets be honest, a lot of our young black males and Latino males are frustrated about what’s happening to them and their peers and this is a platform to talk about those issues,” said Glenn Worthy, Principal Adult-Ed New Haven.
The event at the Critterion Theater was put together by the New Haven Adult Education Center. First up was a panel discussion with prominent members of the community talking about issues like the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and improving relationships between the minority community and law enforcement.
“We have the power to fix it, like they said young people have the power they can do it, my age and down under 30, so we can definitely fix it,” said Sterling Hayward, High School Credit Student.
“We have to come together because we’re the only ones who can make the change, we can’t to out looking for someone else to do it if we want things to happen we have to start speaking,” said Tanqueray Moore, who is working towards GED.
Panel members like New Haven police sergeant Albert McFadden Junior emphasized the concept that knowledge is power.
“They should read the Constitution, they should know what the Supreme Court decisions are, when it comes to policing in this country,” said McFadden.
Another panelist, Pastor Anthony Bennett, went to Ferguson, Missouri after the police shooting of Michael Brown. He says today’s young people will continue to push for a more ‘just’ society.
“They already have a voice, we just need to primarily listen and follow their lead,” said Bennett.
After the discussion, a showing of the movie ‘Selma’. For these students a day of learning about the past and working towards a better tomorrow.