Communities across the country are hurting as a result of recent events. On one hand we are dealing with a public health crisis in COVID-19 that is bringing to light in a more visible way the long-standing systemic inequalities that exist in our country. And over the past few weeks we have been met with the deaths of Ahmad Arbrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd that clearly show us that racism still exists in an violent way. People, particularly our black and brown brothers and sisters, are tired, angry, scared, and hurt knowing that they live in a world that often brings no justice. As individuals continue to take to the streets in protest, we are committed to the belief that we must peacefully organize, educate, and activate.
Here at the Moton Museum we are committed to educating people to work toward the ideal that “All Men Are Created Equal.” When written, this statement only applied to white European men. But history gives many great examples of Americans who expanded this ideal to all, including the young citizens here in Prince Edward County who fought, labored, and organized for justice and equality under the law.
The last part of our mission says that Moton strives to promote dialogue and to advance positions that ensure empowerment within a constitutional democracy. Now more than ever we must remain committed to living out that phrase in our work to advance our community, our Commonwealth, and our country. We remain committed to being a voice for all those who seek justice and equality.