Come together to support Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion15-LOVE celebrates the legacy and inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, of course, remembers those of Arthur Ashe, who personally involved himself in the program’s formative years. With those inspirational leaders in mind, two years ago, 15-LOVE proudly celebrated 25 years of service to thousands of children from our region’s cities, including broad participation by families of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. The sport of tennis is the vehicle we use to reach the children and their families, but striving to improve race and cultural relations remains one of our central missions. We are especially proud of the success stories and accomplishments of many 15-LOVE children of immigrant families of limited means from African countries, the Caribbean region, South America, Asian and Middle Eastern nations, among others, and, of course, the children from right here — the urban communities of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer. Some of those young people now serve on the board of directors of the 15-LOVE organization, and many have gone on to college and successful professional careers.More than 25 years later, we are still reminded of the challenges we face, seemingly every day. Some of it is extremely uncomfortable and disappointing. We ask, in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, that the entire community join together in rejection of anti-immigrant and openly racist rhetoric and public policy, and in recognition of the value of all our diverse communities that together TRULY make our country great.Daniel SleasmanAlbanyThe writer is a member of the Board of Directors of 15-LOVE and the letter has been signed by the board.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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