A half century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We believe this, and history shows with clarity that the moral arc does not bend on its own. It bends when people — we the people — act in ways that lift up all of us.
In 2013 a group of us traveled to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and were deeply inspired by the courageous footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. In going to this sacred American site we met and spent time with all walks of people, we sought diverse historical perspectives, we identified our place in structures of our history, and we returned to our communities with renewed determination. We now believe to our core that by working together — across generations, racial and ethnic histories, gender and sexual identities, economic, educational, and national standings — we are inspired to reach beyond our current visions to build a more just world for all.
Felicia Ishino is Director of Academic Services for the University of Washington Department of Communication. She is co-Facilitator of our pilgrimages and of our Program of Action Associateships.
Sharayah Lane is a 2016 graduate of the UW Department of Communication. She is the head of our storytelling and communications, with a particular focus on personal and collective identities. She will enter the UW Evans School of Public Affairs MPA program in autumn 2017.
Mary Ingraham is a community activist. Her career has been in publishing in marketing, sales, and editorial. She is co-Facilitator of our pilgrimages and of our Program of Action Associateships.
David Domke worked as a journalist for several newspapers and is now a professor and chair in the U of Washington Department of Communication. He is our Project Manager and Director of our Program of Action Partnerships.