“As we head on our way, I want to encourage and challenge all of us on this call to take away at least one thing we heard today. It could be a moment that touched your heart; it could be an idea that challenged you; it could be an uncomfortable conversation of which you were a part. Whatever it is, I encourage you to take one thing you heard today, and to not let that go. Instead, let that compel you to action, to make this the world that you want these young people to inherit.
What kind of world are these young people going to grow up in, not just today but in the days to come? A lot of that depends on us, and the choices we make.
So take something of what you’ve learned about Dr. King’s legacy, or that you’ve been reminded of about his legacy; take inspiration from the good work that’s happening across the metro area in these faith communities; and know that you are not alone, that there are people working for the good, to uplift African-Americans and all people of faith (and of no particular faith) throughout our DC area that this may become a place where all people feel welcomed, respected, and appreciated.
You can always go to our website (www.ifcmw.org) to learn more about what we’re doing at the IFC. In the meantime, I just want you to know that I’m grateful for you all being here, and I wish you all the very best in living out the commitments to which your beliefs and your faith call you.
Go in peace.”