Maria Geryk, Calvin Terrell, Aaron Hayden, John Musante, Connie Kruger
Amherst Regional School Superintendent Maria Geryk hosted a meet and greet in her office this afternoon between Amherst town officials and chief warrior in the war on racism, Calvin Terrell.An outgrowth of a joint partnership between the schools and town dubbed "Amherst Together".
Amherst College has agreed to underwrite (at a cost of $38,000) ten visits to Amherst over the next year by Mr Terrell to work with elementary, Middle School, High School and Amherst College students.
Adults too must be involved, like all those in the room this afternoon, which included Town Manager John Musante, Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek, Select Board Chair Aaron Hayden and rookie SB member Connie Kruger.
Only two of five Select Board members attended (the other three were on vacation) but since this was a public meeting with no actionable motions on the agenda, not having a quorum was inconsequential.
The group discussed race, equity and power for just over an hour with the stated goal of constructing a path towards what in Amherst has been an illusive search for the Holy Grail since the the 1970s: Racial harmony.
According to Terrell, "Youth are the tip of the spear."
Media & Climate Communications specialist Carol Ross (left) Maria Geryk, Calvin Terrell
Acknowledging the difficult, unending work that lay ahead, Terrell told the group, "You're always going to have naysayers. But they should serve to keep you focused, to make you strive even harder."