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#LightACandle: A Juneteenth Conversation, June 3-19, 2020 - A Collaboration between Bakersfield College, Danny Morrison and the Bakersfield Police Department

Maria Wright - Full Testimonial

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Maria Wright
(Testimonial published June 6, 2020)
Eight days have passed since the senseless killing of George Floyd. I am still struggling to process everything that has happened since. I vow to use my space, my privilege, my role as a mom, wife, educator, and community member to make a difference.
I have seen too many social media posts of people seeking to silence the voice of the oppressed. I am angry, I am sad, I am hopeless.
We need to use our platform to bring these injustices to light. Unfortunately, the killing of Mr. Floyd is only one of thousands of incidents in the history of our country. However, we all play a role in changing the current situation. I applaud the stance that Sonya Christian has taken to promote constructive dialogue on racism, oppression, and injustice. Just as important, I appreciate her call to action.
While I am still unable to articulate my feelings, I will highlight the words of great leaders that have said it powerfully.
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”-MLK
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”-MLK
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X
“So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”-Malcolm X
“I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.” Malcolm X
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”-Muhammad Ali
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”-Cesar Chavez

Maria Wright - Director of Academic Support Services, Bakersfield College
Kern Community College District