We’ve come so far since Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, and many cannot help but wonder what he would think if he had lived to see the advances we’ve made towards a more just society. But we still have more work to do to achieve Dr. King’s dream and ensure that every person has equitable opportunities for the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We know there are still stark disparities for people of color in the educational system, income, household wealth, home ownership, the criminal justice system, and health outcomes. While all of these challenges impact the families we serve, our work at First Five Years & Beyond focuses on closing the opportunity gap in education so that all young people and their families have the chance to learn, grow, explore, and create a brilliant future for themselves. Our children can achieve anything they set their minds to – all they need is the opportunity and the support of caring adults.
We invite you to join us in this important work by taking action this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and throughout the rest of the year. There are many things that you can do to further Dr. King’s legacy, work towards racial justice, and make our community a better place for all, such as mentoring a young person, advocating to local and state legislators for funding and policies that support racial justice, educating yourself on race and social justice issues, and contributing time to organizations fighting for racial equity.
Below are some resources to get you started: