Head Start celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy year round by working towards his vision for racial equality. Head Start is a living example of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and as a united Head Start field, we continue to create equitable access to opportunity for all children.

The promise of Head Start children like Cade Janise, seen here delivering Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at Bingman Head Start on MLK Day, reminds us of how important this responsibility is.

The Civil Rights Movement was more than ten years of unified action against racism and discrimination in America. Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders propelled America forward, bringing about change that advanced equity and human rights, but, undoubtedly, we still have far to go.

In honor of MLK Day, we choose to read and reflect on Dr. King’s words in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join NHSA in reflection on these words as we continue Head Start’s critical work—be it through educating today’s Head Start children on Dr. King’s legacy or carrying it on in service to your community.

Yasmina Vinci

Yasmina Vinci is the executive director of the National Head Start Association.

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