Dear WhyHunger Community

Over the past few weeks as I have reflected on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have found it’s not only an opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made but also a moment to assess the work that lies ahead. Dr. King’s calls for economic justice, often overshadowed by his more famous speeches, remain a beacon guiding us toward a more equitable and compassionate world.

In his quest for civil rights, Dr. King recognized that true equality went beyond legal and political changes; it necessitated true economic justice. He spoke eloquently about the “fierce urgency of now” and the need to address the glaring economic disparities that persist in our society. Today, we find ourselves standing at the crossroads of his vision and our reality, asking whether we’ve done enough to fulfill his dream.

“We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together. And you can’t get rid of one without getting rid of the other,” Dr. King asserted. This powerful insight underscores the interconnectedness of social injustices. It compels us to recognize that economic injustice, core to our mission at WhyHunger, is intricately linked with racism and militarism. To address one, we must confront them all.

The world has undergone profound transformations since Dr. King’s time, yet economic injustices persist. The wealth gap continues to widen, disproportionately affecting historically marginalized communities. In the face of this stark reality, it is our responsibility to heed Dr. King’s call and advocate for a more just and inclusive economic system.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the deep-rooted inequities that exist in our society. While some have weathered the storm in the safety of their homes, others, often those on the front lines of essential work, have borne the brunt of economic hardship. Dr. King’s words echo through the decades, urging us to address these inequities with a sense of urgency.

At WhyHunger, we are committed to advancing economic justice as a crucial component of our mission. Our work extends beyond providing immediate relief to addressing the systemic issues that perpetuate hunger and poverty. Our grassroots and social movement partners in communities around the globe are reimagining and building alternative economic systems centered on justice that value people and the planet over profit. Dr. King’s vision aligns with our belief that no one should go to bed hungry, that nutritious food is a basic human right, and that a just society is one where economic opportunity is accessible to all.

As we reflect on Dr. King’s teachings, let us recommit ourselves to action in the pursuit of economic justice. Let us advocate for fair wages, equitable access to education, and the dismantling of systems that perpetuate economic disparities. Dr. King’s dream was not a fleeting vision but a blueprint for the world we can create if we work together.

In the spirit of Dr. King’s unwavering commitment to justice, join WhyHunger as we  strive for a world where economic opportunities are not determined by one’s background or zip code. Let us march forward, inspired by his words, and continue the fight for a more economically just, and hunger free world.

In solidarity,