A few shots from our field trip with Spiritus Race Convoy
A few pictures of our 2015-2016 SORRA group making inspirational posters
SORRA is an arts-based, activist, and justice-oriented organization focusing on race. Inspired by the long-standing Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) in Shaker Heights, OH, Dr. Karen Spector first imagined the important work such a group could accomplish in Tuscaloosa, AL. She teamed up with award winning Hillcrest Middle School teacher Briana Kidd to see if local students were interested in creating a similar group here.
The founding group of SORRA members included 22 students at Hillcrest Middle School. They largely decided the shape and direction of the group, choosing projects they wanted to engage in, such as public art, race relations workshops for younger students, public service announcements, and community service. This was an opportunity for a diverse group of activist-minded middle school students to make a difference in the world.
Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice” (King, 1958, p. 14); however, it does so only through disrupting the habitual patterns that produce injustices in the first place. SORRA opens up new possibilities for being and becoming for its middle school members through the intra-actions that unfold there and in the community. In turn, the outreach projects dreamed up and carried out by SORRA members demonstrate how new ways of thinking, being, and doing can make parts of the world more just.
After two years at Hillcrest Middle School, SORRA moved to Eastwood Middle School where members meet each Thursday after school until 4:30 in the old Home Ec Room.