Dr. Fania Davis, a leading national voice in the field of restorative justice, long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor, and scholar with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge, visited Woodland Hills Junior-Senior High School on March 19th.
Dr. Davis spoke to 7th graders from Mrs. Sara Vollmer's World History classes and 8th graders from Mrs. Vollmer's Thursday lunch group as well as high school students from Mr. Brad Zolnak's class. Students were able to listen to and ask Dr. Davis about her experience growing up in Birmingham, AL and her expertise on restorative justice. Students were also participated in a community circle with Dr. Davis.
Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Dr. Davis a passionate commitment to social transformation. Her numerous honors include the Ubuntu Service to Humanity award, the Maloney award recognizing exceptional contributions in youth-based restorative justice, World Trust’s Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) Award, the Bioneer’s Changemaker Award, and the LaFarge Social Justice Award. She is also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. The Los Angeles Times named Dr. Davis a “New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century”.
We were extremely honored and to have Dr. Davis with us today! A huge "thank you" to WHJSHS Social Studies teacher Sara Vollmer for making this event possible.