Speakers related through their shared experiences of being Black in America, but ranged from board members to students—the current change-makers and others who are very much coming into their own to reshape perspective in their own way.
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“Nobody deserves this treatment,” Jordan Michael Walters Sr. said. “Today we're standing, we got to stand up. And it has to stop now. Grand Rapids is the number one place to raise a family. You wouldn't want to raise your family here. With all this going on, you wouldn't feel safe. You want to feel safe.”
“This is not going to stop at Ukraine,” Tomkiw said. “You have a power-hungry leader just looking to take land that he thinks is his and he's obviously meeting a lot of resistance. But what if he turns to a higher power arsenal to achieve his goals? That's not just going to affect Ukraine. I think the world leaders need to see that this conflict will involve them and just sitting trying to avoid something that's already happened is pointless.”