Bending the Arc
"If the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice, then it only bends because of people like you and me."
Earlier this month, acclaimed civil rights activist and scholar Nyle Fort delivered a thought provoking talk to the entire Pomfret community. Fort shared his personal and professional journey with activism and challenged us to confront the United States’ dark past of racial inequality and injustice, without losing hope for a better future.
"If the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice, then it only begins to bend because people like you and me — students, community members, and educators — are willing to push it in the direction of freedom and justice," he said.
In a time when most people are longing to return to “normal,” he urged the community to interrogate and re-imagine what “normal” looks like and how we might start to dismantle the systems of racism and oppression that stand in the way of meaningful change.
"As a young person in this country, seeing all the big issues around me is daunting," says Zoey Diakite ’23. "Mr. Fort's talk was truly inspirational to me and made me think about activism in different ways. I know that just by educating myself and helping to educate others, I'm making a difference."