We Must Not Be Silent

There’s a mural I pass on my way to work that I have admired for years. Usually my eyes linger on the beautiful image of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the young boy before him. I must have read the quote a thousand times. But when I read it today, it was cold water in my face.

“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.”– MLK, Jr.

The hatred, intimidation, racism, and violence that our country is experiencing right now are evil, and this evil is being encouraged by the highest office in the land. We see evidence of it every day. We need to make it stop.

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation strives to build a more equitable world for all our grantees and those they serve. We are proud to stand by our partners—educators, artists, researchers, and our colleagues in philanthropy—as we speak out against the destructive forces that are increasingly threatening the fabric of our community.

Dr. King also said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I’m committed to denouncing the evil we see and standing up for the values our country was built on. I know I’m not alone. We all have a voice. Now is the time to use it.

If you’re looking for ideas, read the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of Ten Ways to Fight Hate.

Jennifer Rainin, PhD

Jennifer Rainin, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Jen has served as CEO of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation since its public launch in 2009. Under Jen’s leadership, the Foundation has adopted a targeted approach to grantmaking, expanding and developing several major initiatives in the arts, education and health. Read more.

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