In 1990 Nelson Mandela delivered a speech at Madison Park High School, Boston in which he urged the audience to see the importance of education to move hearts and minds and bring about change. It is here that Mandela first said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Recently, our world has been significantly impacted by the death of George Floyd in the United States of America and the resurgence of the #blacklivesmatter campaign. Globally, this movement has once again gained momentum, resulting in many Australians joining with others around the world, voicing their support for this cause and shining a shameful spotlight on the experiences of Indigenous Australians, especially in relation to Aboriginal deaths in custody.
For many of our students, the death of George Floyd has captured their attention as have the ongoing protests throughout the globe. As such, the Learning Centre has compiled a collection of books, both fiction and non-fiction which explore racial issues, be it here in Australia or in other places around the world.
One of the pillars of Dominican life is that of study and Dominicans pride themselves on responding to the signs of the times. As such, we urge our students to look over this selection of books, to borrow and to read. We will grow as a community when we learn about and listen to the variety of voices and experiences of people from cultures and traditions other than our own. This knowledge may equip us with the confidence that is required to speak up and challenge racist behaviour.