A Letter from Executive Director Regi Young:
This Monday we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a nation still working to realize his dream 59 years after his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This is truly a special holiday for our community and serves as a day of remembrance, reflection, as well as service for many of us. Growing up my mother would consistently emphasize the importance of service to my brother and I as a means of living out the principles that Dr. King and other civil rights leaders including her mentor, Mrs. Clara Luper stood for. Dr. King himself stated that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
This quote has always resonated with me and continues to be both a call to action, and a constant reminder that getting to “the promised land” has always required deliberate actions rooted in the love and care for others. As we reflect on the life of Dr. King, we must also acknowledge that the best way to honor his legacy is to do the work that creates a better world for us all. To this effort, my challenge to myself this MLK Day, and every day, is always to consider what am I doing for others.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I extend that same challenge to you as it relates to our collective goal to eradicate racism, poverty, and hunger in our community. What will you do for others today and tomorrow? This is the question we must consider as our progress as a nation and a community has always required that we ALL do something.