I want to acknowledge the deep and difficult feelings raised over these past days. The police brutality we are witnessing is nothing new to Black Americans, but the visibility of our daily reality is being amplified more than ever before in our country’s history. I can only hope and believe that we will continue to work together to dismantle over 400 years of systemic oppression at the core of American history.
While I do not have words adequate to express the anguish of bearing witness to our people’s ongoing murders, I would like to share some perspective.
The reality is this – While most of us do not personally know George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, or the countless other Black lives unfairly taken from us, we all share the pain of their loss deeply. The systemic racism that our communities have faced for centuries is unjust and inhumane, and must change, now!
The exhaustion of the continuous response to violence and inequities inflicted on Black lives weighs heavily on us all. But together, we will persist because our dignity will prove to be unshaken, even in the face of the most recent and brutal injustices. We are strong. We are resilient. We will continue to persevere in forcing the systems that oppress us toward change. We are uncompromising when we scream, “Not one more.”
For nearly 55 years, Madison Park Development Corporation has been rooted in Nubian Square and the Lower Roxbury community, dedicated to creating a place where Black lives are valued, honored, and celebrated.
The legacy of MPDC is entrenched in residents, activists, and allies coming together to foster a vibrant, healthy Roxbury neighborhood that supports Black lives’ well-being and advancement. I want to express on behalf of MPDC our sincerest gratitude for every individual, resident, partner, and ally that has worked with us to foster a dynamic community that celebrates and respects our Black lives in so many important ways.
In the face of these mounting and painful challenges, on behalf of MPDC, we pledge our ongoing and unwavering solidarity, with our staff, residents, youth, artists, community gardeners, seniors, business owners, minority and women-owned contractors, community partners, local coalitions, and all of our Roxbury neighbors, to continue to reimagine new ways to build communities that demand the protection and respect of all Black lives.
We will never be robbed of our virtue.
We are not torn down by this.
Our dignity persists.
Not one more.
MPDC Chief Executive Officer