Open Letter to Community and Civic Leadership in The Villages, Florida

We join our fellow citizens of The Villages and America in profound grief and heartache at the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and numerous others whose lives were taken by senseless acts of violence directed at people of color.  In recognition of the longstanding racial injustice perpetrated on people of color in our country, a country from its founding espoused and celebrated E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one), we stand together in rejecting, loudly and without equivocation, race prejudice in all of its vile forms.  Racism remains the most vital and challenging issue confronting America. 

We are painfully reminded of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly to bring about racial justice over fifty years ago.  His dream, regrettably and with great sadness, has yet to be realized.  It remains for us to move forward decisively, with boldness and audacity, to advance work that all people, irrespective of color, creed, culture, or gender, enjoy equal justice under the law and the pursuit of happiness.  Fundamental to Dr. King’s vision and those of us of Faith is the need to embrace a fundamental truth that we are all of one race – the human race.  

There are many obstacles before us to bring about change, but change is needed to overcome an ingrained prejudice and systemic injustice.   There are no simple solutions, but only hard work that begins with both individual and collective action to be vigilant and, without hesitation, confront prejudice and discrimination whenever and wherever it should arise. 

We call on our civic leaders and everyone in our community to arise and join us in the work of building a more perfect union where all are afforded justice under the law.  In so doing, we stand ready to join you, our government officials, as a resource to promote race unity and address conditions that fuel race prejudice, discrimination and injustice.   Please know that this invitation to call on us is a genuine and without reservation to arise and serve.   We are committed to engage and consult with you and others who are dedicated to the cause addressing the many areas in our community in need of change and establishing new models of understanding and constructive action.   We remain hopeful and confident that by our individual and collective acts to eradicate racism and promote justice and unity that we shall achieve a better tomorrow that is faithfully dedicated to E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one).

We are reminded of Dr. King’s memorable words that echo loudly today:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. “

“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. “

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee





  1. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.”
  2. “To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education.”
  3. “A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths.”                                                                                                                      
  4.  “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”
  5. “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”
  6. “The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.”
  1. “[E]ducation which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”
  2. “Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee, Inc.
333 Colony Blvd., Colony Plaza #304, The Villages, FL 32162

Proceeds from fund-raising activities and donations are used to provide college scholarships.

The Committee is a 501(c)(3) organization.

The goal of this Scholarship Fund is to help students who are members of racial or ethnic minorities, underrepresented in American colleges and universities, achieve the dream of a higher education. The Scholarship Fund seeks out students who show financial need and academic promise, and who have overcome obstacles and contributed to their community. This community’s strong support of the recipients is one of the most unique and important attributes of the scholarship.

In furtherance of the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee awards college scholarships to deserving students  who might not otherwise achieve their dream of a college education. We seek out and give highest consideration to young people who show financial need, have overcome obstacles, have worked to improve their communities and who might be overlooked by traditional scholarships.

To make a donation to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee, please send a check or money order payable to Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee. In the memo line, add: For the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund.

Thank you!

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee, Inc.
333 Colony Blvd., Colony Plaza #304, The Villages, FL 32162