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Black Lives Matter

A statement from the staff and board of Humanities Washington.

Our country was founded on the ideal that all are created equal, but equality and justice have been tragically absent for many, particularly Black Americans, throughout our country’s 400-year history. Racial injustice and violence have claimed the lives of too many, more recently George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Until we dismantle the systems that perpetuate racial inequity, we cannot realize our full potential.

Humanities Washington seeks to open minds and bridge divides by creating spaces to explore different perspectives in service to building better communities. Hate and racism have no place in the dialogue we hope to foster and the world we seek to build. To this end we promise to:

  • Continue investigating the privilege we have access to as individuals and as an organization in order to further embed racial equity into our work;
  • Further amplify the voices and projects of Black scholars, tradition bearers, journalists, and activists, and;
  • Utilize the power of the humanities, through accurate representation of history and culture, to foster justice and equity in our communities.

While Humanities Washington has worked to present diverse voices, and draw attention to inequity and racism, we can, and must, do more. We are engaging as individuals and as a group in the work necessary to live up to our commitment of being an anti-racist organization. We will inevitably make mistakes, but believe this is part of our growth and evolution as we commit to long-term change. We challenge all who engage with us across the state to join us in this commitment.

In solidarity,

The staff and board of Humanities Washington

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