The Tablet Jr. > February 2022

By Kaya Lupinski, Grade 5

Kaya Lupinski

Kaya Lupinski

Justice has never been the same; it has changed over time. No one could take our rights away just because of our skin color. We have many black leaders who helped change this. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of our leaders to look up to. He fought for justice, so no one had to suffer due to their skin color. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Love is in every person, no matter what color. God loves us the way he created us, not how we wanted to be created.

Ruby Bridges is another leader. She went to an all-white school. Even though white parents wanted to attack her, she still went to school. She prayed to God every day while walking to school. She knew God would be with her every step of the way. She taught many people not to judge someone by their skin color. “Every one of us is born with a clean heart. Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon, they begin to learn – and only from us. We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. We owe it to our children to help them keep their clean start.”

Sojourner Truth is also a beloved leader who escaped from slavery and helped others. Sojourner even changed her name to not get back into slavery. Sojourner fought for her rights, so she gave a speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”. This brought more people to her side; it even sold out her book. Sojourner also joined a community that included God.” It is the mind that makes the body.”.

Rosa Parks also fought for equal rights. She wouldn’t give up a seat to a white lady just because of her skin color.

It brought her lots of consequences, but she never gave up. “I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…so other people would also be free.”. All these people are remembered in our hearts today even though we can’t meet them anymore. This is an important topic because we can think back and think about how we are here today. We have many more leaders to look up to, not only one. Even though we are free doesn’t mean we always were.