The Future and Present of Social Justice is YOU | A Poem

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 […]

August 5, 2020 // EYEJ // No Comments //

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.

The views and opinions of the speaker are their own and do not necessarily represent those of EYEJ. Speakers at EYEJ events, or the presence of vendors at EYEJ events, do not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker's views, products or services.


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