This past Tuesday, Young Harris College was honored with the presence of State Representative, Alisha Morgan. Morgan's biggest issue that she tackles is education. Her reason for visiting Young Harris College was to speak for the honoring of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Due to the fact that the majority of Morgan's focus emphasized the importance of education, I interviewed afterwards to ask just a few questions involving the African American community. The interview went as follows:
Q: As one of the youngest African American woman to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly, do you feel a responsibility to the African American female youth?
A: Absolutely, they see me as a role model, whether I realize it or not -whether I know who they are or not, and so it's my responsibility to carry myself in a way that should be an example for them; to strive for their goals, to work hard, and to work to what ever dreams they have for themselves.
Q: Would you say the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's dream has been achieved today?
A: We're almost there, we have more work to do but we are almost there.
Q: What do you think about having a channel called Black Entertainment Television? Do you think the emphasis on one culture makes it hard to let go acknowledgement of the differences between cultures?
A: I think that it is positive to have shows that target different cultures and specific cultures, because hopefully people know that it's open for everyone to watch and everyone to learn about culture or the culture of other people. And sometimes there issues that are specific to a community that they need to have the forum to be able to discuss, so as long as they don't separate themselves from the larger culture.
Q: Lastly hearing your speech tonight what came up was the question of religion, and you seem to be of the Christian faith and I wanted to ask your views on people who do not share that Christian faith or who do not have a religion or a "nonbeliever"?
A: I think that everyone has the right to believe or not believe and it's my job to carry myself in a way, as a Christian that other people will see the God in me and hopefully they will want to have the same God in them. But I don't try to push my religion or my beliefs or my faith on other people. I like to respect all people and whatever they choose to believe and carry, and how they want to carry themselves in their lives.
Before the interview Morgan gave an inspiring and well spoken talk. Her introduction gave praises to the wonderful Cathy Cox, Young Harris' 21st president and the former Secretary of State for Georgia. Cox apparently played an important role in the origins story of Morgan's political career.
Morgan started her talk mentioning that King was just a man even to inform us a "C" student. Morgan described King as a reminder of courage and our responsibility to fight injustice. She made the statement relative to Young Harris students by mentioning the recent fight for students to have to the right to vote as a Young Harris citizen. Then she went to label a few more injustices in Georgia such as human trafficking, ignorance of environmental causes, and of course the flaw of the education system. Morgan attempted to reiterate the message from King's letter from Birmingham jail by giving three statements. "Don't watch! Get up and work!" (How can you just live to watch injustice happen?)- "Don't wait! Do it now! There is work to be done." (When is it ever the right time to fight injustice?) - "Don't get weary!" (American History is here to encourage you.)
Morgan's own decisions to campaign came from her refusal to watch injustice any longer.
Later when excepting questions from the audience Morgan mention that for a white person to speak up on the injustice happening to a black person made a huge difference, not because they were white but because when a person can stand up for an injustice that isn't happening to them it is an even bigger statement then someone who stands up for themselves. (Not undermining the importance to stand up for oneself.)
Recently on facebook, the wife of Rocky Mollo showed such courage to speak on behalf of the injustice shown in a picture of two well known people one being, football star Richard Sherman and the other being pop star Justin Bieber. Apparently recently they both have had trouble in the news but were treated very differently. Here is what Mollo's wife had to say on the subject: "I can almost guarantee you that if he weren't a rich white kid, no one would defend him as much as they do. I can almost guarantee you that if he were a black kid from an inner city that they'd already have him locked up and labeled as a future gang member."
Powerful statement. Let's find Justice in all the Injustice