Being the Change: James Shields on Community, Slavery, and the Power of Education
James Shields is the Director of the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning at Guilford College. He's also an actor and an expert on the history of the Underground Railroad in Greensboro. Radio Camper Ethan Campbell-Brown learned more about James Shields and his work.
It's so important too that we treat each other as human beings, and that's probably the main theme of Pathways to Freedom is that, as the Quakers say, there's a light of God in everyone, and so if that's true, then we shouldn't be enslaving people and we shouldn't just see a human being as cattle or as property. Certainly now in 2014, we know that that's not right, but slavery still exists in this world.
We help our students gain the skills and experience that they need if they really want to make a difference. You know, you hear a lot about "be the change you wanna see in the world," but in order to be the change, you have to have some knowledge, you have to have some skills, you have to have experience, and that's part of what we do. So I love seeing our students get involved in the community and help them to graduate, and that's really the coolest thing that I like.