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The Past, Present, and Future of Racial Justice

By 5776-5777 NFTY North American Board

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This weekend, and Monday, January 16, we pause to commemorate the remarkable civil rights activist who spoke these very words. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Baptist minister who worked during the 1950’s and 1960’s to advocate for the rights and equal treatment of African American citizens. Dr. King lived out his Christian values in a way that allowed him to be a peacemaking hero. He empathized, he spoke, he battled, he persuaded, and most importantly, he stood resolute in his beliefs.

We, as the Jewish teens of NFTY, have a lot to learn from Dr. King; from his teachings about utilizing nonviolent protest to make change, to his role modeling of how to reach out beyond the confines of our own community to bring in allies and partners. Beyond the methods that we and Dr. King have employed to make change, we can also discover new ways of living out our Jewish values in the same way that Dr. King lived out his Christian values. After all, we share the same goal of making the world a better a place.

Recognizing past successes, current struggles, and future possibilities regarding racial equality in the United States, NFTY is proud to be formally launching our movement’s Racial Justice Campaign during NFTY Convention 2017.

As a way to both commemorate the life of Dr. King and prepare for the launch of NFTY’s Racial Justice Campaign, we are asking that NFTYites share their thoughts, knowledge, and aspirations for racial justice work on social media this weekend. Whether you have engaged in a racial justice oriented project in your congregation, school, TYG, or region, we want to hear what you have accomplished or learned, and what it means to you.

Share a post, video, blog, song, poem, or quote with us and let our movement know what it is that you are passionate about in our work to combat racial injustice. Be sure to use #NFTYMakesChange when you post so that we can see what you have to say.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,

“The time is always right to do what is right”.