OBSERVING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
 
On Monday, January 18, the nation celebrated the life and legacy of a remarkable man: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His impact upon American life has been profound and long-lasting. The King Center neatly summarizes his achievement: “During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced.” Dr. King and his colleagues set an example we follow to this day. 
 
“…Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there are times when you must take a stand that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but you must do it because it is right.”
 
                                                                   – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu – a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.”
 
                                                                   – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
 
                                                                   – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King warned of the dangers of bitterness and despair – dangers we still face when contemplating the current scene. 2021 finds the globe suffering bitterly from a horrific pandemic; our nation’s political life is in a state of turmoil. We understandably feel overwhelmed and powerless at times. Dr. King’s words remind us that we can change the world around us – if we act. Our participation will always be required to help create the just and equitable world of his galvanizing dream.
 
Making that a dream a reality requires of us the courage to face any and every challenge to the recognition of our shared humanity.
 
Dr. King showed us the way.
 
Mil gracias y bendiciones,
 
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
Interim President

The Stories We Tell: Race in America
February 17 from 3-5pm
A town hall discussion where we ponder, "Who is an American?", "Who gets to decide?" and "What factors shape that definition?"  We will cover three distinct periods in history – the Constitutional Convention, the Reconstruction Era, and the Civil Rights Era. Participants will be asked to define Americanism, citizenship, and who gets to claim the American Dream.
Link: https://hostos-cuny-edu.zoom.us/j/81826132925

Becoming Jim Crow: A Long, Legal History
March 9 from 3-5pm
In this town hall, we'll explore the long history of anti-black racism and its codification in the laws of the United States.  Taking a visual journey through America's history, we'll explore the question, "Despite all of this, how do we continually survive and thrive?"
Link: https://hostos-cuny-edu.zoom.us/j/81826132925

We Too Sing America: From Experimentation to Participation
April 14 from 3-5pm
This town hall is focused on a most timely and critical issue - race, medicine, and healthcare in the United States.  Detailing the country's long and reprehensible history of medical experimentation on Black Americans, we'll discuss the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and what it means for historically marginalized communities.
Link: https://hostos-cuny-edu.zoom.us/j/81826132925