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MLK's Dream Lives On

Posted by Thomas Edwards on January 18, 2021 8:25 AM EST
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For many it is hard to seer the progress of the last five+ decades, given the civil unrest and the disruption of the pandemic and caustic election on both sides of the political aisle.  And so much more progress is needed in racial equity and justice.....

...and civil unrest seems to dominate the news, putting a blight on the hard work of so many.  

And it's not just racial parity that is at issue, but the lack of civility and civic engagement in gernal that crosses all racial lines, age difference and gender.  So Martin Luther King Day, is an opportunity to reflect on the vision he had-his Dream- that was spoken so eloquently so long ago.  And to thake that Dream and internalize it.  For all people have reasons to focus on the ills that fate, society, the pandemic, the economic imbalange, lost opportunities, illness, poor education opportunities, the economy and so many other things have dealt them and thosae they love.

IMHO, the government cannot solve it, nor can volunteers and hand-out of money or otther resources.  Income and wealth redistribution is not the answer.  However, creating more opportunities for those of all races, genders, ages and nationalities especially those affected by inequity, to contribute and propser by helping other people excel and live better lives is an answer whose time is NOW.  Let us use innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship to create meaningful and meaning-filled opportunities for ALL people to serve one another and to gain from that experience.

The complexity and emotion is overwhelming, has been and will likely continue to be.  My persepctive is that through the non-profit sector there are opportunities to contribute time, money, resources and create jobs and employment opportunties where real work and real progress on sociao-economic issues can be made-leveraging some version of the collective inmpact principle.  As has been said before "it is far better to teach others to fish than to simply give them fish".

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