Dasher Delivers Message of Unity & Equality During BHM Event in Jefferson

Sam Dasher, Assistant Superintendent for the Jefferson County School District, served as keynote speaker for Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Black History Month celebration event at the Jefferson County Center in Louisville, Thursday, February 28.  

Dasher delivered an inspiring message on unity, challenging those in attendance not to look at one another by race but nationality.  

“Everywhere else in the world but here, people look at as by nationality, as Americans,” Dasher said. “And that’s what we need to do.”  

“We are all Americans,” he added. “Whatever your beliefs, I’ll defend your right to have those beliefs until the day I die because you have the freedom to believe what you believe.”  

Dasher encouraged open discussion about differences rather than ignoring them. “We need to have discussion about it; that’s how we fix the divide in this country, not by ignoring it,” he said.   

Reviewing some of the less-known contributions made by black and white nationalities alike, Dasher advocated a willingness to get to know each other. “We have to understand what everyone brings to the table, good and bad,” he said. 

“The purpose of African American history is to unify us not divide us, to help us find the worth in each other so we don’t look down on each other for any reason.” 

“So, why does all of this matter?” he asked. “Because in order for us to understand each other as equals, we have to see what makes us equal. We must respect the contributions of everybody,” Dasher said. “That is what African American history is all about. Learn it, challenge it, and if you don’t believe it, research it. You may be surprised what you find.”  

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Sam Dasher, Assistant Superintendent for the Jefferson County School District, delivering his keynote address to OFTC students in Jefferson County during their Black History Month celebration event.
Sam Dasher, Assistant Superintendent for the Jefferson County School District, delivering his keynote address to OFTC students in Jefferson County during their Black History Month celebration event.