Khaliah Ali Wertheimer works on the board of the Philadelphia Juvenile Law Center and says the call for social change is evident in the region.
The Harvard University prelaw student says the white community needs to make a greater impact to help end racism.
“White America needs to step up, needs to wake up and understand that this isn’t a Black problem because Black people aren’t the problem. This is a problem of the oppressor. This is a problem of white supremacy, and white supremacy needs to be dismantled by the people who exist and live within those communities,” he said.
He believes listening is the best way for people to make a difference in the struggle against racism.
“White Americans never truly and fully understand the plight of being a Black man or woman in America, but what you can do is listen to what people are telling you, and do your best to educate yourself on the topic,” he said.
Both said Muhammad Ali's quest to deliver a message of love today would likely be combined with the pain of knowing there is still much more work to be done.