Presence of Justice

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
May 04 2010

Titular explanation

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice”.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”.

Both of the above quotes are from the mind of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After joining the Corps, I had to fill out a Placement Survey. The very last question, and I hope I am not breaking some confidentiality promise, was something like: “If you were on the brink of quitting, what could the TFA staff and support network say to you to help?” Without blinking I wrote, “Simply show me a picture of Dr. King.”

This blog is entitled “Presence of Justice” as a reminder that while I am teaching in Alabama, a few miles away from the very jail in which he wrote the letter that includes that last quote, I am to not only strive for social justice, but also, I am to be a presence of justice. I am to embody justice. My actions, my words, my classroom decisions, should all spring forth from this main idea: Justice: Educational Equity. Each child’s educational path, affects all indirectly.

And so it begins.

3 Responses

  1. velouria

    Wow. Awesome first post! I wish you the best with this amazing journey. As someone else who is just beginning my experience with TFA, I really appreciate your honest and inspirational post.

  2. Congrats, welcome, and best of luck! I look forward to reading more from you.

  3. How’s it going in your classroom? We’d love for you to start updating us on your journey.

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