“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.