Washington Gladden Social Justice Park
404 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
After visiting the Columbus Museum of Art, I decided to walk around. If I remember correctly, the Washington Gladden Social Justice Park is less than a block away from the museum. While walking, I noticed the following:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr.Seuss.
Sidebar: I stopped walking to think about what I just read. I thought that’s odd, I wonder why this quote is just in the middle of the pavement. Then, I looked to the right and realized that I was approaching the entry of a park.
According to socialjusticepark.org, Washington Gladden Social Justice Park is, “the first in the nation dedicated to the theme of social justice.”
Sidebar: On the other side of the wall, there are benches and green space that appear to be circular in design. The design appears to be clean lines and minimalistic in nature. In my opinion, the design is deliberate to foster discussion.
“We must lay down our racial bribes, join hands with people of all colors, and say to those who would stand in your way: accept all of us or none.” Michelle Alexander
Sidebar: Enough said.
I had no idea that this park is in Columbus. The first of its kind in the nation. We are trailblazers! I hope as more people visit the park, it will cause us to take a few minutes out of our busy lives to think about social justice and the positive impact we can make individually and corporately.