“Walk together children, don’t ya get weary,” echoed through the law school auditorium as music graduate student Ramelle Brooks helped open the Black Law Students Association’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. panel discussion on a high note, his voice embodying the journey and the hope of a timeless movement.
The event, held on Thursday, Jan. 12, was moderated by local WIS-TV news anchor Judi Gatson, and featured a panel that included Former Chief Justice Jean Toal, Senator Darrell Jackson, Senator Joel Lourie, and Dr. Bobby Donaldson.
“What can we do to keep the dream alive?” Gatson boldly asked her panel.
The discussion traversed topics from issues with voter turnout, representation, and defeating hopelessness in the face of adversity. The conversation often looked toward the future with a strong spirit of positivity, but the panelists were also not afraid to breach contentious material, facing it head on in search of solutions.
While these complex dilemmas are not always easily assuaged, the groundwork for change became more clear: The necessity of a bridge between the government and those they govern is vital. The importance of millennial input and inclusion is crucial. And the need for empathy, understanding, and action towards the less fortunate is greater than ever.
“People have to realize that it’s all a journey. You have to be invested,” said first-year law student Aaron Greene.
The call to action was made, and the room embraced it with open arms.
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