Poignant and powerful talk by Ericka Huggins, the renowned former Black Panther, political prisoner, human rights activist – and educator, poet, and professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Merritt College in Oakland – has for 35 advocated for “restorative justice” and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. Grounded in her belief in the greatness of the human heart, Ericka says each one of us has the ability to look there for the answers to questions about the future of our world. Personal transformation is necessary to achieve social transformation.
“We are all threaded together like a huge tapestry of humanity and we forget that we are interconnected. We forget that there is no colour, there is no size, there is no class, there is no sexual orientation, there is no citizenship status, there is no ability that can separate the hearts. We further those separations and the good news is, that because we humans have done that, we can stop it. And we must. Our children deserve it – their children deserve it.” ~ Ericka Huggins