“We can’t expect to heal without justice. We can’t expect justice without transformation. We’re running out of time and Black people can’t afford to wait any longer.” – Charles Wallace-Thomas IV
Charles Wallace-Thomas IV, a fourth year student majoring in economics and mathematics, was one of four panelists at NU’s Day of Reflection discussion about methods for confronting systemic racism and moving forward together.
In response to the outcry over recent killings of George Floyd and other Black people by police officers, Northeastern affirmed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A vigil and a roundtable discussion honored the Black people whose lives were taken unjustly and set a course for what must happen next.
The panelists at the roundtable discussion were Margaret Burnham, university distinguished professor of law and director of Northeastern’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, who led the discussion; Reverend Willie Bodrick II, a 2020 graduate of Northeastern’s School of Law and associate pastor at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts; Charles Wallace-Thomas IV, a rising fourth-year Northeastern student in economics and mathematics; and Mabel Gonzalez Nunez, a recent graduate of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.