Once again, we have borne witness to the callous indifference for black lives in America. We grieve the murder of George Floyd, and we call for the four officers responsible for this death to be brought to justice. George Floyd and too many precious men, women and children have had their lives cut short. For jogging in America. For lying in bed in their apartment in America. For playing in a park in America. For being born black in America.
Our nation is forged in white supremacy and anti-blackness, and we all have a role to play in order to dismantle the systemic and institutionalized racism that impacts the health, safety, education, housing, and employment of black Americans. We stand with protesters in the city of Providence and across the country with one clear message:
Black Lives Matter.
As we move forward, we re-commit ourselves to work as individuals and a community to fight systems of oppression. Community Prep's mission draws on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to build a Beloved Community. King's Philosophy focuses on the elimination of poverty, racism, and militarism through the individual practice of the "Six Principles of Nonviolence" as well as collective social action through the "Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change." Our educators have been trained in these principles, and we work with students to see diversity as our strength, resolve conflicts peacefully, confront bias when we see it, and engage in issues of social justice.
In his town hall meeting on June 2, President Obama said, "Keep working and stay hopeful." At Community Prep, the young people we work with every day give us hope, and we will keep working together toward a future where the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are not just words in a document, but the lived and shared reality for all.
Read President Obama's Message: This Shouldn't Be Normal
View a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement created by Leila Hopkins, Community Prep Class of 2020: