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Excerpt from a presentation made by Dr. Lonnie J. Edwards, Sr.
at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Civic Engagement as a Basis for Social Justice
What is Civic Engagement?
- working to make a difference in the civic [public] life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference.
- promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
What is Social Justice?
- A concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society.
- Areas of concern almost always maintain a moral obligation to its citizens.
- Measured by the explicit and implicit (unspoken) terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges.
Why is Social Justice Important?
- Social Justice is important because it promotes and works toward a society that celebrates diversity and equality.
- Having more equality and diversity in a society is good for society because it promotes opportunity, growth, and social well-being.
Presented to The Humphrey Fellowship Program at Emory University
Invited as guest speaker in 2019 and 2020
“Dr. Edwards, on behalf of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Humphrey Fellowship team, we would like to thank you for leading an exceptional presentation on ‘Civic Engagement as a Building Block for Social Justice’” at the 33rd annual Emory Enhancement Workshop “Social Justice and Global Equity and Development,” which was held virtually for the first time. The workshop was a great success, and we enjoyed your participation. Your presentation created a wonderful opportunity for the Humphrey Fellows to discuss this topic. Thank you for your presentation, for your leadership in the discussion, and for your support.”
Roger Rochat, M.D., Research Professor
Coordinator Humphrey Fellowship Program
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Feedback from Fellows on this presentation:
“Dr. Edwards inspired me a lot because of his amazing experience and stories.”
“Very rich experiences and detailed guidelines how to start if we want to do our own job in this area.”
“The issue of why social justice is really important. So, the affirmations for the community service that individuals and groups do to make equity advance society was a big lesson for me. It was encouraging.”
“The way I could be engaged in the society/community inspired by other leaders and how to inspire my students to be engaged and work for social justice in my country.”