PANELISTS, from left, Stephon Ferguson, motivational speaker, and Lee University faculty members Ingrid Hart and Dr. Robert Barnett, discuss race relations at the Dixon Center Friday evening. Banner photos, HOWARD PIERCE | â€˜Has the dream come true?â€™ | full story
PANELISTS, from left, Stephon Ferguson, motivational speaker, and Lee University faculty members Ingrid Hart and Dr. Robert Barnett, discuss race relations at the Dixon Center Friday evening. Banner photos, HOWARD PIERCE
Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence Carolyn Dirksen invited Ferguson to join faculty members Ingrid Hart and Dr. Robert Barnett on a panel considering whether the dream depicted by King has come true.
A student of color asked Hart
could say when it seems everything has already been said in regard to race relations.
spoke on the issue from a business world and higher education standpoint.
had a request for the audience before she
said 'tell me,' those in the crowd replied, 'more.' Laughter released some of the room's built up tension.
said the failure to recognize racism creates complexities in the environment.
continued by asking whether abolishing racism would rid the world of every issue.
"Tell me," she
"More," the crowd replied.
"No, it wouldn't," Hart
"It would not resolve every problem.
We would still have problems.
The difference is our problems would become more complex."
According to Hart
, it is not as difficult for minorities to enter various academic institutions and career fields as it once was.
However, a glass ceiling still exists in a number of jobs.
"Largely, and mostly, people suppose people of color are lucky when they get into certain positions, as oppose to recognizing that perhaps they earned the right to be in certain positions," Hart
highlighted similarities between education and business, including each entities struggle to handle racism.
"While we may recognize there is a problem, it is really difficult to figure out how to address it," Hart
requested audience members who believed in the attainability of the dream to clap their hands.
A round of applause responded.
talked about differences and engagement for all people, no matter what the difference is," Hart