From Our History, Hope
July 29, 2016
Today, I joined leaders of philanthropic organizations across the country in signing a letter, published in The New York Times and Washington Post newspapers on Sunday, about the hope we all hold for dignity, equity and justice for all people.
Like so many Minnesotans, I am deeply distressed over the persistent issues and painful events that challenge our sense of safety, values and community. As we work to identify a path forward we reflect on the words of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said:
“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated."
The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation have long prioritized efforts to create a more equitable Minnesota, and in the weeks and months to come we will continue to explore ways to bridge the divide, eliminate fear and facilitate conversations that lead to reconciliation and healing.
The work will be difficult ― but from our history, we know there IS hope. Along the way, we will keep you informed of the ways in which we support agents and agencies of change working to create communities in which everyone feels safe, valued and respected.
And in the meantime, we invite you to share what gives you hope. What action is taking place in your community that gives you #reasonsforhope.
- Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., President and CEO, The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations