January 15, 2021
As we observe this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, we continue to reel from the unconscionable mob violence at the U.S. Capitol by extremists and white supremacists. This seditious act, atop the continued killing of Black men and women at the hands of authorities, are a stark reminder that our country remains tied to a shameful history of white supremacy and systemic racism.
Dr. King’s unanswered question – “Where Do We Go From Here?” – could not be more apt today. We have much work to do to realize the dream of the United States – where everyone enjoys freedom, justice, liberty, and life.
We commit to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by doing the hard work to face our history, build equitable systems, and create a society that is inclusive, supportive, and caring for all. As Dr. King said, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality … I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Linda R. Reiner, MPH
President and CEO
Caring for Colorado Foundation