Black History Month: The Work that Remains
February 28, 2013 by Guest contributor
Post submitted by Pete Webb, Former Member, HRC Board of Governors
“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.” - President Obama
As we reach the conclusion of Black History Month, I am moved by the stories of LGBT people of color and allies taking a stand on various community issues. I was moved to tears by the op-ed co-authored by HRC President Chad Griffin and NAACP leader Ben Jealous honoring the work and legacy of Baynard Rustin. Rustin was a leader and pioneer of the modern civil rights movement.
Change can be difficult for organizations; leaders and community members. Moving people out of comfort zones to embrace growth can be a difficult process. As an out LGBT person of color I can honestly say that things are getting better in the daily fight for equality. I see hope when mainline denominations and civil rights organizations embrace LGBT Equality as part of the mantle of civil rights.
I see hope when LGBT community leaders and organizations get involved in immigration reform; ya es hora workshops; and voting rights as part of the larger work for equality. I see hope when major corporations publicly state support for marriage equality and LGBT workplace protection laws.
The battle continues for full civil rights. Together we can overcome any setbacks or obstacles on the path toward equality.