From our CEO, Rose Fass
52 years ago, on April 4, 1968, at 6:01 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr., an American clergyman and civil rights leader, was fatally shot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. I was in my dorm in Boston when friends rushed in to share the news. In an instant, everything changed. The next morning people of color were not in class. Pain and anger was all over the campus and the city. Students of color banned together and protested. Elevators in the dorms were locked between shafts at night and reopened in the morning. What was truly sobering was how fast the divide happened on campus. Overnight, protests were happening in every major city across the country. Things got violent, tensions were high, curfews were put in place. It took years for the country to heal.
Memorial Day is a day when we honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It’s difficult to believe that on this day, a police officer killed a man in the company of three fellow officers who stood by and did nothing, all while being filmed.
Watching the protests on the news brought it all back. I haven't been able to sleep just thinking about it. America once took pride in being the great melting pot. Recent events have put that idea to the test and have caused a deep racial wound to be reopened. We’ve come too far to take these steps backward.
At fassforward, we are diverse and see it as a clear demonstration of our beliefs. It is central to the strength of our rich culture. We’re very proud to work with clients who believe that all of our differences are what make us stronger. When we started this company 20 years ago, it was based on the belief that business done right could make a difference in society. We wanted to be about more than the circulation of capital; good people, doing good work, with good people. We still believe that to be true and stand on the principle that diversity is good for society and good for business. We ask that all businesses that share this belief, stand with us against the injustice of inequality. Let’s work together to change this conversation. When we change the conversation, we change the way we think.
Where to help, how to donate
We understand that to drive change we must get involved and take action. To help drive that change, we are sharing a link to the GoFundMe Justice & Equality Fund to support organizations and people that are dedicated to addressing both urgent needs and systemic problems.