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.
Following is the Enough is Enough teach-in series schedule from Oct. 2021 to June 2022. Save the dates! Zoom links will be provided in advance of each session. Sessions will be held at 11 a.m. We encourage you to join us and spread the word.
Hunger and Racial Equity: The Impact of Food Insecurity in Urban Communities – (Grady’s Garden three-year anniversary)
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
The College's first Enough Is Enough teach-in session of the fall 2021 semester focused on how to best achieve food security through food sovereignty. The College has been dedicated to helping and educating its community about sourcing healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through environmentally responsible methods through the use of Grady’s Community Garden. You'll hear from urban farmers and hunger relief specialists to learn about sustainable farming, food access and security in our neighboring communities, and other ways you can support our students and your community in gaining food sovereignty.
Host: Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President, Community College of Philadelphia
Moderator: Jenavia Weaver, Director of Student Engagement, Community College of Philadelphia
Christa Barfield, Founder & CEO, Farmer Jawn Philly
Loree D. Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Philabundance
Ty Holmberg, Co-director, Sankofa Farms
Elizabeth Okero, Director of Operations, Urban Creators at Life Do Grow Farm
Voter Suppression: Policy Implications & Redlining (Nov. 2 is Election Day!)
Small Business Development & Economic Growth (support small and minority businesses for the holidays)
Gun Violence and the Achievement Gap among Minority Youth (back by popular demand)
Health Care Disparities for Men of Color
Where We Are Now: COVID-19, Vaccinations and Boosters (a review of the past two years, and where we stand now)
A Housing Crisis: Affordable Housing, Tenant Rights, Price Gauging, and Home Ownership and Gentrification
Addressing Mental Health in Communities of Color (Mental Health Awareness Month)
Virtual Solidarity Walk (anniversary of George Floyd's death)
The Sound of Music (Black Music Month and the two-year anniversary of the Enough is Enough series)
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