The young people had a chance to meet elders at the RDLN Assembly, including RDLN Board member Hon. Dr. Unita Blackwell (l), a graduate of the National Rural Fellows program, for whom the SRBWI youth program is named; Civil Rights singer Emory Harris (5th from left), and Shirley Sherrod (3rd from left), our Vice Chair and Assembly host
Youth Participation at the Assembly
Ten young people were invited to be part of the RDLN Assembly in Georgia. Seven came from the local Albany area, one from the Flathead Reservation in Montana, one from California, and one from Plains, Georgia. The young people went on the site visits, experienced the Civil Rights history immersion, led a session on Education and spoke at our banquet Saturday night.
Reflection on the State of Civil Rights
The young people present took the lead in the discussion on Education, which was facilitated by Annie Wright Huff, an RDLN Leader who was the first African-American school board member in Marvell, Arkansas and served several years as school board president.
The three main concerns put forward by the youth, who spoke about their own experience, were 1) violence, 2) absence of constructive activities and programs, and 3) lack of student representation in decision-making.