I often feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of change that’s needed and how far we have to go to realize the just society we’re working towards. It can feel daunting and on a bad day, nearly impossible.
Shakti Butler shared this film clip recently at a forum she led in Boston called, “Connecting the Head and Heart: Building the Case for Equity,” and I love it so much that I’ve watched it several times since.
My colleague, Andrea Nagel, and I showed this film clip to a group of principals at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative last week to launch a conversation about the challenges and obstacles they must push on together (schools and community) to get to high quality schools in the Dudley neighborhood.
How often do we see something in our way or that we know is wrong and wait for someone else to remove the obstacle or fix the problem? How often do we look for who to blame? How often do we forget that the freedom we are fighting for takes many of us collaborating in ways that seem unlikely . . . and even forming unlikely connections that, if nurtured, turn into authentic relationships we can then rely on to push major change forward together? How often do we forget that one small action can lead to a sea change?