From left, James Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina, educator Patricia Abdur-Rahman and Hamden High School Principal Gary Highsmith listen to Doris Dumas, president of the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP, speak during a panel discussion of Malcolm X at Hillhouse Sunday in New Haven.
Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina said Malcolm X made a major impact on his life as a young man growing up in the city.
Im sitting here as principal of this school because of the inspiration he
gave me as a young man, said Carolina
, also a panelist.
I can identify with the struggle and was intrigued by his
high level of intelligence; his
speech was inspiring then, but it fits now, said Carolina
believes the black community has to develop systems of accountability.
Were being exploited by people who have an individualistic philosophy versus a communal approach, said Carolina.Weve bought into the capitalistic and individualistic approach to how we operate in our community.
said when some blacks drive through the heart of the black community there is no commitment for change.
The individual approach says Ive got mines, you get yours, but the community approach is to figure out who we can connect with for change; that was Malcolm. he