This week our country will also inaugurate our first Black and first female vice president. It is an historic week, on the heels of an historic year. It is a glimmer of hope that dignity and respect, equity and justice, are possible.
And yet, in the same moment we see the ground we’ve gained, we see the ground we’ve lost.
In what should be a peaceful transfer of power, the national guard stands on duty in our nation’s capital and in our state capital. We still face the painful presence in our country of rampant white supremacy, hate, discrimination, and oppression.
At Buckley, we believe all human beings have the capacity to soar and the responsibility to lead. We know that regardless of one’s identity, all human beings have talent. Regardless of identity, all humans deserve the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Whether Black, brown or white, everyone should have access to housing, food, health care, education, equitable policing practices, and meaningful, well-paying work.
So today, when our Lower School families would traditionally be gathering on campus to celebrate Dr. King with education and service, I ask you to reflect on your role in continuing his legacy upending racism. How will you work to ensure the rights of others? How will you help dismantle white supremacy? How will you use your voice as a parent, a student, a teacher, and a citizen, to eradicate hate?
Martin Luther King, Jr. led with the power of courage, words, restraint, and love. He acted with the belief that, “Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”
How will you lead?