Faculty and longtime community organizers Lenora Fulani and Alvaader Frazier completed a four-week Revolutionary Conversation entitled Postmodern Freedom Riders, which brought together 45 participants from across New York City to discuss the history and evolution of the fight for civil rights and democracy. The multi-racial class included high school students from the Congo, college interns, middle-aged people—some of whom had participated in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and others who knew little about it. All wanted to do something about social injustice and poverty.
Said Fulani, Black people cannot change America by being ‘right’ on race — we can’t do it by ourselves. We have to say to white people, ‘We’re poor. Now what are we going to do about it?’….We have to create circumstances where all kinds of people can come together and grow…We don’t have to wait for the [official] ‘creators’….We can build something ourselves….That’s powerful.