by Zipporah Frazier
One of the best things about the Sales Associate Program (and RV in general) is its emphasis on Learning & Development. Just three months into the SAP program, I’ve already been exposed to so many different ideas and perspectives. My cohort has seen a number of speakers from RV’s RedTalks speaker series and participated in group discussions on the topics covered by those speakers. But recently, SAP took L&D to the next level with a trip to Montgomery, AL for the Equal Justice Initiative’s Peace and Justice Summit.
The weeks leading up to the trip were full of anticipation – the point that I couldn’t imagine the event living up to my own high expectations. (Spoiler alert: it exceeded them.) As soon as Josh, Gigi, and I embarked on our six-and-a-half-hour car ride, I knew the experience would be invaluable. The Chevy Tahoe became a space for us to get deep and discuss our thoughts on the topics we’d continue to explore at the Summit.
Early Thursday morning, Michelle Alexander, Sherrilyn Ifill, and Jelani Cobb kicked off the summit with an assessment of the current state of our justice system and how we got here. The hard truth? We haven’t made as much progress as we would like to believe. Next, Rev. Dr. William Barber, Gloria Steinem, and Marian Wright Edelman shared encouraging messages with one central call to action: we must continue to push for progress. In our final Thursday session, Ava DuVernay, Anna Deavere Smith, and Elizabeth Alexander discussed the entertainment industry’s role in this movement.
On Friday, we took an even deeper dive into racial and economic inequality in America, focusing specifically on climate change and environmental justice, education, and criminal justice.
Reflections on the memorial
We concluded our trip with a visit to The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum’s exhibit titled, “From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.” The memorial documented and honored the thousands of Americans lynched in dozens of counties across the southern United States.
Rusted pillars of iron hung above visitors’ heads, representing each county where lynchings occurred. The names of the victims were carved into each pillar. Duplicates of the pillars were laid out in alphabetical order by state to help visitors to find their home counties.
The Museum was an educational journey on race relations throughout American history, from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the modern day criminal justice system. It struck a perfect balance between informative and emotional, expertly illustrating the progress we have made and the problems we still need to solve. The trip was an incredible experience. We’re so excited to bring everything we learned back to RV and keep the conversation going.
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