By Joshua Mitchell The power of a conversation The chain breaker, peace maker during confrontation, Is it breeds connection and direction toward the day of justice and mercy’s marriage consummation […]
By Joshua Mitchell
The power of a conversation The chain breaker, peace maker during confrontation, Is it breeds connection and direction toward the day of justice and mercy's marriage consummation Now we use it to spark a movement Promote unity, and bury evil without a eulogy To empower and educate, encourage and elevate, uncover and end the hate- that's cause to celebrate I hear freedom ringing like melodic percussion As young leaders online host civil discussion Addressing widespread disparities in the name of truth All while highlighting and engaging our youth In solidarity I speak with a humble attitude On behalf of EYEJ, I offer utmost gratitude To the donors and supporters who have paved the lane For the drive of the #EMPOWER campaign Thank you for your generosity and contributions The return on your investments is social change and solutions Upholding anti-racism, competence, and nonviolence Amplifying community voices who refused to remain silent EYEJ has a vision, you are the realization The fruition of a planted seed Sprouting to ensure safe, quality education, And e-devices for Cleveland students in need You were willing and able, To sponsor more seats at the table To discuss disparity, you signed petitions in solidarity Preventing initiatives and ideas from being laid to waste And the work already done merely serves as a taste Of this generation's success as it broadens in its range Because your letters to officials Can spark policy change So now we say thank you For your tireless participation We recognize you all And offer up appreciation Now I see you shining, radiating, glistening Securing connectivity in the age of social distancing So I will champion this empowering collaboration As you demand effective and efficient education You are the outlet for a conversation's power In a city where triumph transcends the terminal towers You're not merely donors, you're trailblazers too And the future and present of social justice is you
This awesome poem is by Joshua Mitchell. Josh is a third-year social work and communications student at The Ohio State University. As a member of the Morrill Scholars Program through OSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, he serves as a student mentor and intends to pursue a career as a children’s social worker and motivational speaker upon graduation.
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