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Derek Chauvin Verdict

Dear Fisher College Community, 

On Tuesday, the verdict for Derek Chauvin, was announced. He was found guilty on multiple counts, including second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.  

The Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee at Fisher College was birthed in response to the devastating murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and their impact on the Fisher community, so it is only right that we comment on the events that transpired on Tuesday.  

This is a bittersweet moment in American history and culture. On one hand, this particular case ended with accountability. However, it not a reason to celebrate simply because the justice system worked. It is supposed to be like this. It should have been like this in countless other cases in the past.  

So, this is a step in the right and just direction, but our work continues. Let us look to the future as we learn from the past. Let this precedent influence the actions of law enforcement tomorrow. We believe in justice and accountability for everyone, always.  

 In solidarity, 

The Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee at Fisher College 

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Remembering John Lewis and his Fight for Civil Rights

John Lewis was a leader in the fight for civil rights at a young age. He was a founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, a platform for younger black activists in the Civil Rights movement.  At 23, he was the youngest speaker at the famous March on Washington.

John Lewis faced violence and brutality from police on multiple occasions. This picture was taken right before state troopers beat him and gassed him on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama. However, he would continue for the rest of his life, as he summed up in one of his his most famost quote:

"Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul od America." 

 

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From 1987 until his passing in 2020, he served in congress and represented Georgia's 5th District in the Democratic Party. He was known by his colleagues as the "conscience of congress" where he continued to fight for Civil Rights and speak out against issues ranging from affordable healthcare, to safety, to the formation of the Smithsonian's African American history museum. 

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