CEO Blog: January 2015

Nonprofits Must Lead Against Inequity

The recent overturn of the conviction of the Friendship Nine—after more than 50 years—is significant on human, culture, and system levels. The Friendship Nine was a group of young African-American men from South Carolina who were arrested and sentenced to hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter in 1961. I am in awe of their incredible courage and bravery for taking a stand for civil rights by sitting at the counter in protest. … more

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Remind Sector to Lead in Advancing Equity, Engaging All Voices

Yesterday at church, our priest showed a video clip of a reenactment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Birmingham jail, writing a response to clergy who were imploring him to slow down, back down, be quiet, and wait in order to quiet the unrest that was sweeping the country at the time.

Dr. King was clear; the non-violent events taking place across the county had to continue because it was through them that the ugly realities of hatred, racism, and bigotry were being brought to the forefront for all of America to see. … more

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