On Wednesday afternoon, the Campus Y's Anne Queen Lounge was at capacity for a panel discussing race and the arts in a forum called "Literature, Historical Memory, and Empathy: The Role of the Literary Arts in Our Campus Conversation on Race."
Former poet laureate and Emory University professor Natasha Tretheway, who sat on the panel, reminisced about her childhood — specifically her experiences during elementary school. Growing up in Atlanta, she attended Venetian Hills Elementary School.
"It was a school that had integrated after (desegregation). But because of white flight in the city after these types of things, it immediately re-segregated, and it was primarily there a black school. There were still white teachers, but I don't remember any white students in my classes," Tretheway said.
"Now because of this, the teachers had a great idea. Instead of limiting what we learned about black history and black culture to the month of February, we would study it year-round."
She said this experience gave her an entirely different worldview as a child.