Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Message from President and CEO, Loria Yeadon
Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 4:58 a.m. PT
Originally published: January 17, 2021, at 7:40 p.m. PT
Dear Y Community,
As morning dawns on the 38th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we pause to observe and honor Dr. King’s life, legacy, and impact. Today, we reflect on his actions and words, which ground and guide our work, as we continue our journey towards becoming an anti-racist organization and advancing equity and justice for all.
During the Civil Rights era, a tumultuous time of social transformation, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led with hope and optimism in relentless pursuit of liberty and freedom for all. He refused “to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism.” He believed, “that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” His unwavering belief in the principles of nonviolent resistance and the redemptive, healing power of love over hate has lighted our path towards a stronger, more unified and equitable America.
We celebrate and recognize Dr. King’s life and legacy by locking arms in solidarity, living his principles in our work every day, and doing our part to pave the road to equity and justice for all. On this national holiday, we encourage you to use this “day off” as a “day on” to serve and advance Dr. King’s commitment to community in COVID-compliant ways. With our engagement and conviction, the path lighted by Dr. King can be a paved road to equity and justice for all.
In community and gratitude,
President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Seattle