Daniel Moore, a student from Western High School in Southwest Detroit, reflects on his experiences with Detroit Independent Freedom Schools.
Educating young citizens about the history of the Detroit school system and the importance of an Emergency Manager, the Repair the World Workshop offered by Freedom School hosted several students from Western International High School on April 26-27, including myself. Freedom School is a place where youth can learn things not often taught in regular school sessions. This Freedom School explained a variety of ways that we could make an impact on our own school structure.
During the two sessions, we discussed current issues on Education Equality which brought up recognizable problems with which we could relate. Most importantly, we talked about the Emergency Management Act which is taking away the power of our citizens and negatively affecting our city. As a result of the emergency managers’ actions, things we never did or would have agreed to are taking place right under our noses. The Freedom Schools are vital, because they are most free to inform the young people who are directly suffering the results.
The learning did not end there. Youth organizers came in to speak on a panel about what they do and what they believe. The panel consisted of the Black Youth Project, Voices for Earth Justice, Black Lives Matter and Raiz up. Learning from all the people who are working hard to make our city a better place was truly inspiring. Being able to sit down with my peers and talk to these compassionate people was truly an amazing experience.
My only wish is that more youths were there to hear it. Hopefully, the next Freedom School session will happen soon and twice as many youths will attend!
By Daniel Moore
April 29, 2016