Kerri Keller (Manhattan, KS)

Maybe more than any other training I’ve done before, Roots of Justice has prompted me to continue “leaning in” to my discomfort and wonder about how far and how much farther we have to go to achieve “liberty and justice for ALL.”

In particular, the Roots of Justice training came at a time when the Universe put me in the right place at the right time to hear about the pain caused by the use of an Indian mascot in our local high school. I was the first person to speak with our school board and you’ll see in the attached letter that I reference my experience with Roots of Justice. Since that time, our  “ReImageMHK” advocacy group has had someone speaking out at almost every board meeting. Our efforts have prompted an open forum on November 30 and a vote on December 7 about retiring the mascot. Several attempts to change the mascot have been made over the last 20 years. I do not know if we be will successful in achieving our goal.but we may have one of the best chances yet. However, my eyes were opened anew by Roots of Justice and I have also seen the systematic racism that defends the status quo. Successful or not, I will keep on with the fight as Roots of Justice reminded me that it has never taken just one march or one boycott to create change.

Thank you for giving me additional knowledge, tools and courage to contribute to that change!