More highlights from our time in Georgia, including Holocaust Survivor Henry Friedman, Freedom Riders Hank Thomas and Charles Person, Activist Ruby Sales, former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver, and Camp Ramah Darom!
Henry Friedman survived a harrowing ordeal, including an attempt to kill him by a firing squad. “I tell my story in hopes that I can add something to the world,” he said. “When you see an injustice, you have to speak about it.” He added, “Operation Understanding DC is family to me. What you are doing is so important.”
Hank Thomas and Charles Person were two of the original members of the 1961 Freedom Rides. Each survived violent Klan attacks, prompting 400 students to continue the rides for months afterwards.
Ruby Sales, a high school activist during the Civil Rights Movement, challenged Class 22 to connect the changes sought in the 1960s to larger systems of oppression still in operation today. “The movement was about great intimacy, being one with each other,” she said. “Your generation has inherited a world where intimacy is scanty at best.”
Former Black Panther leader Kathleen Cleaver shares the often-misunderstood legacy of the Panthers with Class 22. “We wanted revolution. We wanted to change the world,” she said. “Perhaps we made a dent.”
Class 22 participates in facilitation training at Camp Ramah Darom. They led a workshop for 70 of the oldest campers on identity, stereotypes, and bias!
The Summer Journey staff checks out the waterfall at Camp Ramah Darom.
We love camp!