Opening Activity

Think of a time when you observed an authority figure fulfill or fail their responsibilities. Share your experience with a partner.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is your first emotional reaction to this image?
  2. Which person(s) have power in this photograph?
  3. What kinds of injustice and justice do you see in the image?
  4. What social roles do you see in the image? Are the responsibilities for these social roles fulfilled or failed?
  5. Who are the leaders in this image? Are they successful leaders? Why or why not?
  6. What are the relationships between race, gender, profession, and power in this photograph?
  7. How do we lead others? What responsibilities do we have for those we lead?
  8. What responsibilities do those in power, professionally or socially, have?

Closing Activity

What do you think of when you hear the word, “responsibility”? Share your thoughts with the group.

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