"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
- William Butler Yeats
From Tianenmin Square to Berkeley, California in the sixties, student activism has been at the center of social justice movements. Human rights, civil rights, campaigns against Apartheid, animal rights, these are among the many issues that student activists have brought to national attention. Campuses across the nation and, indeed the world, have been cauldrons for social change, allowing students to cut their teeth as activists. The idealism and energy of student activism is infectious. And in campus after campus, it is commonplace for student activists to learn and utilize political organizing skills to bring about effective social change.
Today, activism is alive and well on college campuses. From forming dialogue groups to staging protest, students are shedding light on the path toward racial and social justice. The following are examples of successful politically-based organizing against bigotry in the South:
Common Ground Program:
New Orleans, LA
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