Look to the North Star…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy embodies humanity’s quest for freedom, dignity and opportunity. As enslaved African-Americans sought liberation from plantations during the Antebellum Era and pursued justice and economic security during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Eras, the “North Star” was a powerful symbol. As little children, African-Americans were taught how to identify the “North Star”, the guiding light and the way to freedom. With the “North Star” in sight those in pursuit of a new reality were assured that they were headed in the right direction. As a network, Community Action Agencies know what it is like navigate complex realities in the face of adversity. In the early 1960’s though our network was born amidst various social tensions, we learned to look towards the North Star as we sought the path of opportunity and stability for our families and communities who were being held captive by poverty.
Today may the notion of the “North Star” still inspire us to collectively look in the right direction towards the path of opportunity and towards a thriving reality for everyone in our communities. Shown in Photo: Edgar N. Tipton, President and Richard Samuels, Board Chair.
The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.