Dr. Prewitt Inspires Young Human Rights Practitioners
an article by Patrick Asinero
“Once, when I complained to my wife about lack of solidarity due to
racial differences, her response was a simple ‘Charles, we are all
alike.’ That simple answer changed my life.”
Dr. Charlie Prewitt
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These were the words of inspiration from Dr. Charlie Prewitt during
the informal roundtable discussion at the 8th Annual International
Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum
on August 5, 2012 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA.
Dr. Prewitt is a former chemist who took part in the Manhattan
Project - the project that would lead to the creation of the atomic
bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 –
turned Professor on Human Rights and Peace Activist.
Dr. Prewitt inspires a UNSECO forum of 64 participants from over
50 countries. They are a diverse mix of young human rights
practitioners and peace advocates coming from across the six
In the middle of the sharing, the professor asks the participants
‘how do you think America can become a better nation?’
One African-American participant says that education itself is
not the only answer to making America better. He further states
that ‘education in the US is about subjugation and it is not in
true spirit of literacy.’ The problem of racism in the US is about
the lack of alternatives coupled with the lack of education. This
is coming from an Ivy league graduate – who had studied at the
Wharton School of Business – but ended up jobless despite such
Sophia Boutilier of Canada adds, “As participants, we should start
becoming models for peace and love!” Additionally, Veronica
Alonso from Brazil says, “Understanding that diversity is
something that we all should celebrate, not discriminate.” “To
overcome the legacy of hatred and bigotry, we need to plant new
seeds of mutual understanding and celebration!,” declares
Anurag Gupta, a young human rights lawyer from the US.
Dr. Prewitt closes in saying “National boundaries should not define
and restrain us.”
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