It was a warm day in August 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful “I Have A Dream” speech to a peaceful crowd of marchers at the Lincoln Memorial. “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”
Now more than ever, Dr. King’s dream resonates with families across the nation. It comes at a turbulent time when Black, Brown, and Indigenous families are devastated by Covid-19, racial tensions, and the aftermath of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Today, we look to Dr. King’s legacy for answers to these pressing issues because his life is a lesson of hope for all of us. Dr. King’s words and acts of nonviolent resistance like grassroots organizing and protests demonstrate the power of social change. We must continue this legacy with vitality and commitment to dismantling racism and the systems that uphold it.
Dr. King’s example and leadership are important for HealthConnect One as we continue to fight for racial equity. We do this through co-developed peer-to-peer programs that decrease maternal and infant mortality and increase bonding, breastfeeding, maternal support networks, and early learning for infants. Our vision is to see every Black, Brown, and Indigenous mom, baby, and family thrive in a healthy community.
As we continue to work towards a collective “American dream,” we encourage you to be intentional each day in centering and lifting Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who are struggling while “dreaming of the day they can live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character.”