From Ferguson to Staten Island, Americans were propelled into dialogue and action around racial equity and inclusion. And, as the conversation about economic inequality was taken up at dinner tables across the country, in the media, and in the Federal and local governments, more people are becoming acutely aware as to just how deep and complex the relationship between these issues are. In this new year, as we pause to reflect on the incredible life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must also understand the work that we as citizens have ahead of us in terms of advancing that legacy and applying its lessons to our current condition.
Over the last year, Living Cities has been asking ourselves and others what that looks like, and we have been sharing some of our reflections on our blog. Here we curate just a few of those pieces. And, we would love to hear from you. How do you think that our nation can advance the legacy of Dr. King, harnessing the lessons of the past to build a better future?
Read our CEO’s reflection on the 50 year anniversary of the historic march: The March Was Only a Beginning: Measuring Dr. King’s Dream
And see our other lessons as we have learned what it means to build a racial equity and inclusion lens into our work:
We Need to Talk: Poverty, Race and America’s Future | February 2013
Reparations and our National Identity | July 2014
The Power of An Illusion | December 2014