Day 1, First 5 miles of 450 milesby Agnes Scott on 02/02/13
Yesterday, 2/1/13, I walked about 5 miles. My route took me from the 12th and Edgehill area to the West End area and back. My sign says "University of Toledo, I won't commit suicide." Again, people asked me what those words mean, a diverse group I might add. I explained to an Asian couple, a Caucasian professor, an African American male, and a Caucasian male that because I am being academically bullied, I won't end my mental, physical, or education life as so many other victims of bullying have done, i.e., I will continue to fight until I have no fight left. That's what I was taught. I have a right to an education (PhD). I've done all they've asked. They've dropped the ball so many times. They know that as one person, an old African American woman, I have no voice against theirs, so it seems as though they feel they can do whatever they please, even if outside University guidelines . The African American man invited me to his church to talk about my cause. To say the least, I am grateful and will attempt to visit his church on Sunday morning. American people we must stand up for anyone who is trying to get an education. Of course, investigate the circumstances. That must be done in order to render a fair and just decision. But do it. We tell our children to stand up for what is right, but when things get hard, sometimes, we do not. I've got to practice what I preach. I will continue to walk (around the streets of Nashville) for educational justice for me and for anyone who is being bullied. Please help me end this academic bullying stint by professors and administrators at the University of Toledo. Walk with me for educational justice. Today, February 2, around 11:00 a.m., I will begin at 12th and Edgehill, walk the Gulch area to lower Broadway. I'll walk approximately 5 miles a day (weather permitting) for 90 days which represents the driving distance from Nashville to the University of Toledo. Hopefully, President Obama and the Department of Justice will send someone to investigate this miscarriage of justice. Please join me.