2020 Letter From Our President

A catalyst in the movement for change has been the readily available cell phone camera technology of today. It has been the primary tool to put the undeniable truth of racist violence and oppression on a platform for all to see with a click of a finger. The video footage that has captured the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other African Americans, has put the horrors of racism and brutality that African Americans face in the United States of America in everyone’s direct line of vision.

These horrors are not a new phenomenon, but they are part of an ongoing systemic structure of racism that has been perpetuated from generation to generation in this country.

The time has always been now for positive change, but the urgency is today for tearing down the racist structures that oppress African Americans and threaten their safety, well-being, economic opportunities and too often their lives. The time is today for equity. We can achieve equity by truly caring about our neighbors and taking action when we see inequity hiding behind designed systems, institutions, code words and veiled racism.

Each and every one of us can be a part of changing our communities for the better and supporting our children’s futures. Whether you are a person who is volunteering, sharing your talents, donating your dollars, or if you are out front organizing, speaking, and advocating, each role is a crucial spoke in the wheel that moves us forward. 

Please stay connected with us and consider volunteering your time or donating to one of our scholarships. If you are unable to do either of those things, then just commit to giving a word of encouragement and support to a young person who lives in your neighborhood. We can build upon the work of those who came before us and become the community that we dreamed was possible.

Khadija Walker-Fobbs
BAAPN President