The George Zimmerman case in Florida took center stage Monday for students at Memphis Bridge Builders, who kicked off a week-long summer conference at Christian Brothers University.
The students talked about justice and how it looks across all socio-economic lines. Monday's session allowed students to talk about the importance of interacting with people from different backgrounds, races, income levels in order to bring about equality and justice.
The future leaders spent a good amount of time talking about the way to bridge the gap and why it matters to everyone.
"The most important thing is to break down those preconceived notion that we have about difficult pieces of economic situations, different neighborhoods," Drew Smith said. "Do I wish that George Zimmerman had been a Bridge Builder? Of course, but I also wish Trayvon Martin had been a Bridge Builder. I wish every kid in our community could be a Bridge Builder because it's that to make sure that your community can move forward."
Bridges was founded in Memphis and brings together future leaders identified while still in high school. The high schoolers represent students from every neighborhood and authenticity in Shelby County.