On Saturday, December 6, 2015, the Leadership Class at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, through writing, and recording this short Video.
150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment Video Transcription
Maddie Aub – “ Were the rights truly guaranteed? Why, today, 150 years later, do we need to be reminded of the very value that this country was supposed to be founded on?”
Eloni Bickham- “ Dream with your eyes open. Make that dream a reality. You can sway off the path, walk as slow as you want but keep your focus on the destination.”
Sophia- “History is past, present, and future.”
David Gaines- “ Change takes place when people who genuinely believe in a better society have made it their life’s purpose to change the world.”
Ming Gao- “ The 13th amendment was not and shall not be the last civil rights reform in this country.”
Karly Chin- “The 13th, 14th, and 15th, amendment were all steps towards a better society, yet we still see the burning fire of hate and negativity. We stand as a few bright strands left standing and waiting for societies and communities to wake up.”
Mit Lepcha- “How can we believe that racism is over when we our own country believed slavery was over only 150 years ago? Injustice is everywhere and our work is not done."
Longfellow Middle School
Grade: 8, Age: 13
The Thirteenth Amendment: MLK Freedom Center
The Thirteenth Amendment may be important to the Freedom Center because freedom is literally in the name, and if we believe in freedom so much as to put it in the name we might as well take action. It is very important to send three students out to D.C. because they can help and share all of the information given here, at the Freedom Center, and they can help and take a stand. We can do our part here in California while they do theirs in D.C. I strongly believe that if the three students share their knowledge they can help more people be aware of racism and the other challenges faced in the world today.
Picture racism as a big run down building. How could a family live here? How could life carry on inside and outside of this destroyed house? How do we make this place liveable? Well, we shall hit it with a bulldozer and let the ball be full of love, and hands, hands to rebuild this house. And we need many hands, many people, and many bricks of courage. When we take a step back and look at our work we find that all of the hands that built this house were are friends, and all who joined now became new friends, and we look at them, we look at ourselves and we try to compare but we can not. For we all realize that we are the same, we all have the same purpose and reasoning, and we look at ourselves and realize that we are all equal.