Paul Tue Discusses Engaging The Public On Racial Justice Advocacy And Food Supply Chains

Steve Meehan sits down with Paul Tue to discuss public engagement and action on racial justice in our community. Paul is a co-founder of the Bayside HOYAS, a successful program that works with Kent and Queen Anne’s County black youth to empower them to succeed in the adult world.

Tue has now joined forces with the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice. When the COVID-19 shutdown commenced, Tue help organize a volunteer effort to supply fresh food to children and elderly in Kent County. He provides an update on that effort.

Through SACRJ, Tue has taken the lead on the 100 Days of Action to engage the public on racial justice.

To celebrate Juneteenth Weekend, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, the Black Union of Kent County and Shore River Arts are sponsoring a “Day of Agreement” rally at Fountain Park on June 19, 5-9 p.m.

On Saturday, June 20, SACRJ is organizing a Police Accountability Rally. Citizens working on police reform are gathering in their respective county seats at 10 a.m. for rallies lead by local community leaders.

In Chestertown, Tue will be joined by Chestertown Councilman Ellsworth Tolliver and Kent County State’s Attorney Brian DiGregory. The rallies will continue by car to Kent Island where they will join with others and continue on to Annapolis to join protests.

Tue describes the positive steps Kent County’s youth are taking to promote racial justice discussions. He also discusses his new initiative, the Black Men’s Community Council, which he describes as an “intentional space” for black men to gather and discuss community issues.

Finally, Tue discusses the youth athlete zoom chat program that led to a video public service video where young African American athletes from the Eastern Shore challenge viewers who cheer them on the playing field to stand by them and publicly embrace the Black Lives Matter movement.

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  1. Paul Tue has a compassionate focus that is awe-inspiring. I don’t know where he gets his energy but I think it’s because he’s aligned with core beliefs and knows how to attract others to join him. I met Paul two years ago when I attended a Social Action for Racial Justice meeting. He introduced himself and wanted to know what motivated me to attend. My response was that as a newly retired school-teacher, I had more time to give to this cause and wanted to work with others. That I was standing on the side of racial justice as a child when my parents supported the 1954 Supreme Court decision to integrate schools. As a 4th grader in Milford, DE, they kept sending me to school when 11 ninths graders were admitted that fall to most everyone’s surprise. After the first day, many white parents decided to keep their children home so as to close the schools. Unfortunately, they were successful. We were threatened but only words were thrown at us. I think if they hadn’t been successful closing down the schools there would have been violence. I was taught at an early age that when bad laws are declared unjust, it is right to support social change. I didn’t really know then about racism. But I did know my parents were passionate about our family supporting equal quality education for all children, so I did too. Now I want to be of good service to this cause here in Kent County, my adopted home. Paul is one of my role models. There are plenty others too. We want to life up what is good and improve what can be better. Join us.

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