Dear North Colonie Families,
Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s life was the embodiment of service in the eternal quest for justice. His commitment was unwavering and endured through threats, incarceration, violence, and ultimately his death.
Dr. King’s life is a daily calling to us all that our commitment to justice must be constant and courageous. Dr. King reminded us that, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” This is an inspirational and optimistic quote; however, it is also a reminder that while we are on a journey toward achieving what is just, travel is interrupted by delays and setbacks. Therefore, we must be constantly vigilant and attend to what is necessary to reach our destination by being willing to learn, being open to change, and then acting to end injustice.
On this day, we in the North Colonie community take to heart Dr. King’s call to action to be faithful and persistent in the pursuit of justice. His message was always a call to action. We vow to act on his words, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” These words are a call to move forward to build a just, compassionate, and understanding community. They are a reminder that although this journey may be difficult and at times uncomfortable, it is nonetheless our destiny to march forward and bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.
Now, more than ever, love, compassion, understanding, and justice must be the driving forces as we work together to affect change in order to best serve all of our students and families. In the spirit of Dr. King, I wish you “true peace.”
D. Joseph Corr