REACT to FILM Participates in National Media Literacy Week
REACT to FILM is proud to partner with the National Association for Media Literacy Education by participating in the first National Media Literacy Week from November 2 to 6. The objective of Media Literacy Week is to bring attention and highlight the importance of media
literacy education in the United States. Nationwide events will include screenings,workshops, webinars, plus much more. REACT to FILM students at Legal Prep Charter Academy in Chicago are participating in the action by sharing their REACTions to media representations of gun violence after watching The Interrupters. One student, Lenardo Latham, wrote a poem reflecting violence as a learned behavior.
By Lenardo Latham
Unlearning the past means to forgiving oneself.
To forget what our parents have taught us
and to understand them, and why they taught us this
But we must learn something new,
something that comes from the heart
It will be hard to learn this thing
but we must learn it
to understand one another
to forgive one another
to love one another
We learn at a young age if someone hits you, you hit them back.
We were taught an eye for an eye,
but what happens when that eye takes a life?
only to have another life taken by the eye?
then the cycle repeats itself until there’s nothing left.
Too many have died,
too many bodies have been laid to rest
too much blood has stained the blood soaked sand.
It’s time for us to stop this.
For we have the power to change people for hearts
change hearts not our weapons.
It’s time to understand one another
time for us to forgive each other
to help one another live a full life
for life is a beautiful gift that no one have the right to take.
View the schedule of events and stay tuned during the rest of National Media Literacy Week by visiting: Media Literacy Week Schedule