‘We Can Take A Stand For Equality’

Jan. 5, 2020 Editor, The News-Gazette:

As we write this, we know our fellow citizens wonder if our nation is about to go to war on another front. Huge sections of Australia burn. We are still mourning the loss of Jewish citizens murdered brutally at a Hanukkah party. We have not forgotten those killed while shopping simply because they were Latino. Horribly, in the space that a letter to the editor permits, we cannot actually list the victims of hate and violence in the past year in the United States, but they also include African Americans, members of the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and many others.

We know that our fellow citizens feel scared and powerless. But there is something we can do.

In the first days of this new year, we can take a stand for equality, for love, for justice, for inclusion — for the American community we know we should and can be. We can reach across barriers and fear of every type to join hands with others who, like us, want to grow peace among us. Here in the Rockbridge community, we already have a start on this. Join us for the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Parade at 10 a.m. on Jan. 20. We step off from in front of the Randolph Street United Methodist Church at 118 S. Randolph St. in Lexington.

We march for equality. This we can do.


President, Community Anti-Racism Effort of



Vice president, CARE