Jun 19, 2020

Juneteenth Reflection From Supt. Briggs

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PLSD Community,

By now many of you have read the recent racial equity statement shared on behalf of the PLSD leadership team. As mentioned in the statement, we are encouraging ongoing and meaningful dialogue as we grow together and continually strive to be better. Over the past days and weeks, I have been inspired by many conversations, including a recent meeting with our Diversity Committee and I agree there is far more work to be done. I believe it starts with each of us – seeking to understand, listening and deciding to learn more. I believe I have more to learn.

Today, Friday, June 19th is Juneteenth. On Juneteenth, I am taking some time to learn about the African American community’s plight to freedom and the racial inequities that persist today. I invite you to take some time out of your day to participate in Juneteenth as well. You may wish to attend a celebration, volunteer, read a book, watch a movie, or listen to a podcast. Here is a Diversity & Inclusion Resources List (pdf) that was shared with me which you might find interesting, and there are even some resources specifically designed for children.

I realize this is a journey and not a destination, and one we will continue on together. Diversity is what makes us great. While we are each different, we are connected by our shared humanity. And within PLSD, we are connected by our Pickerington Pride and serving every student, family and individual in our community. I hope each of you join me on this journey as we grow together.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”