Historian Paul Cook speaks at CSKC

“Youth change the world,” proclaimed Paul Cook, historian and author of “Segregation in Ohio”, “because youth are more inclined to take risks since they feel there is nothing to lose.”  Cook, the guest speaker at the Coretta Scott King Center’s Tuesday night gathering, sponsored in part by the ACLU, described how youth became a major catalyst for global and civil rights awareness and change.
Cook spoke about the ways in which youth participated in groundbreaking direct action. Youth played strong roles in the Montgomery bus boycott, the sit-ins at Wolworth’s and other white-only facilities, voter registrations, and the Plessy vs. Ferguson case.  Each of these events as well as the totality of their revolutionary progress ignited people across the nation to stand up against their fears.
A brief question and answer session followed Cook’s lecture. Unfortunately, few students attended this event. Instead several alumni and foreigners to Antioch’s familiar bubble were present. Yet Cook still encourages us in the words of Franz Fanon: “Every generation has its mission, and we have to decide whether to accept or reject it.”