Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. feels different this year. After all that happened last summer and in the early weeks of 2021 – the murders, the protests, the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol – it feels like our nation is the most fractured it has been in modern history. But instead of dwelling on the division, I’m choosing to focus on the good, the people who do good, and the people who are steadfast in their determination to achieve a more equitable America for all residents.
As part of Stand for Children’s pledge to continue the fight for equity and social justice, advocates shared their motivation for soldiering on, and I want to share some of their words with you.
No lives can matter, until black lives matter. Racism in all its forms must be stopped. Color, gender, size, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs are not a reason to target people. – Lori F., Peoria, Ariz.
I hope and pray that this storm passes very soon. I shouldn't have to be threatened by anybody, especially law enforcement for being a Black American citizen. This mess has gone on for too long. As human beings, we need to get it together. – Gabriel S., Richton Park, Ill.
I’m a white elementary teacher who fears seeing her black students in the news for police brutality or racial profiling. No person should ever be treated the way so many POC are. There are many ways I can improve, but education is something I am passionate about and would love to be a part of the platform for education rights for students of color. – McKenna J., Baton Rouge, La.
Being born black should not be a death sentence! I am the mother of a black 6-month-old boy who will grow up to become a man in this unjust world. Why should I be afraid to have a son in this world? Why should I fear my husband getting pulled over for a traffic violation that he may or may not make it home alive? Why should I be afraid for my young brothers and my father to go out for a jog or walk in the park? – Joy P., Addis, La.
Why do you continue to fight for racial justice and equity? Add your name and share your thoughts.