Message to the College Community
Dear faculty, staff and students:
I have spent the last few days like many of you, compelled to consume news I can hardly bear to read or watch. Once again, America’s original sin – racism – has reared its ugly head. The events unfolding in Minneapolis after the death of another Black man – George Floyd – is a reminder that our plea for social and racial equality continues to fall on deaf ears. Knowing that racism permeates our culture and civic life is hard enough to accept, but seeing it carried out and sanctioned by a justice system that purports to serve and protect makes us all hold our breath, waiting for the next tragic murder of a Black person for driving, jogging, sleeping or living a normal life. Yes, none of us can breathe until we are all allowed to breathe freely from the horrors of racism. Those of us with Black children and grandchildren are forced to live with this pain, and fear, as part of our daily lives.
I want to offer my sympathies, prayers and the compassion of our entire college community to George Floyd's family, and all of those who are mourning his murder. I also want to echo and amplify their fury. As we say Mr. Floyd's name, he joins Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and far too many others on this appalling list of murder victims to racism.
It is important for every citizen to demand justice and for all of us to learn how we can hold our leaders to account. As we process our pain and repeat that Black lives matter, I want to invite all Philadelphians to a virtual teach-in and town hall sponsored by Community College of Philadelphia in the coming days. More details will be announced shortly. Until then, go in peace, be safe, be well and be strong.
Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.
Enough is Enough Virtual Solidarity Walk
September 1 at 4 p.m.
The College community showed our support of the Enough is Enough initiative by participating in a Virtual Solidarity Walk in memory of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis earlier this year.
Organized by the College’s Center for Male Engagement and the Black Studies program, we stood up, stepped outside and walked for 8 minutes and 46 seconds at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to commemorate George Floyd’s death.
Walking alone or socially distanced with family or friends, our CCP family wore all black, or CCP or Black Lives Matter apparel and we didn’t forget to wear our mask! We created signs, large and small, to let others in our community know why we walked.
Many of our CCP family members shared their commitment to act online. Taking photos and videos and we shared images from our walk by tagging @CCPedu on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, using #EnoughisEnough.
If you need Black Lives Matter apparel, support a Black-owned business and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alum, Harriett’s Bookshop.
Our next teach-in series event will be held in September. Details will be posted as soon as they are available. Video recordings of our previous teach-in panels are available online.
Colleges in the Philly area and elsewhere are pledging to address national unrest and criminal justice inequalities
CCP teach-in looks at where to go from here