color beats headphones A call to action
For over 49 years, the Urban League of Battle Creek have played an integral role in creating awareness in issues of equity, provided opportunities for adults and youth to fulfill their dreams and worked tireless with multiple organization to build relationships that bring our community together.Not since the civil rights movement has there been so much interest and challenging conversation around race and its systemic effects on people of color, but all people. These conversations bring to light issues of education, employment, housing, incarceration, and faith.They encourage us to look deeply at the systems that support injustice and inequity, not to blame but to create a more just community. The conversation also encourages individuals to take a close introspective look at ourselves and how the impact of race and privilege has impacted our lives and identify what each of us can do to make our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, our states, our nation and our world a more just and safe place for all. has prompted this letter. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families, the members of Mother Emanuel AME Church and the community of Charleston. We pray that the bloodshed in Charleston will serve as an impetus and provide courage for us to step up and embrace the continued struggle for equity, peace, and love.Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League says, “public sanction of the symbols of division and hatred does not create an atmosphere of reconciliation. It’s time for the flag to come down.”Please join the Urban League of Battle Creek to help bring awareness of issues of equity in our community with love and a commitment to make Battle Creek a place of opportunity where dreams can be realized right here at home.Kyra Wallace is the CEO of Urban League of Battle Creek. Carlton Lartigue is president of its board of trustees.