Occupation: Attorney, law professor.
Lived the last 50 years in: Barberton and Norton.
Dr. King’s message: Martin Luther King said that he was a drum major for justice. He was talking about racial justice.
Accomplished: I think he would be thrilled to see President Obama in the White House and people of color in all levels of government.
Still to be done: If he walked the streets of our major cities, he would be saddened to find hungry children, high infant mortality, lack of preschools and low college graduation rates especially for young black males. People of color also continue to live in poverty in far greater numbers than whites. Public schools have been destroyed by voucher and charter schools and, while Waiting for Superman portrays otherwise, it is poor communities that have been especially hit.
Discrimination in the justice system starts at arrest and continues throughout the process. This basically can be attributed to the discretion officers and courts have at each step in the process.
A couple hours of diversity training isn’t the answer to discrimination in the workplace and on the streets. We have to create safe space where people are willing and able to report racial discrimination and know that the issue will be dealt with openly and fairly. ... Discussions about race-related issues must be incorporated into education daily, not talked about once a year. We don’t need a Black History Month or Women’s History Month. We need black history and women’s history.