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The Kennedy Forum stands with the Black community against racism and oppression. The senseless murders of George Floyd and the many who preceded him emphasize the injustice and inequity that have perpetuated both physical and psychological violence against the Black community for far too long. Racial inequity, developed over centuries, results in disparities across so many domains, including health, wealth, and safety. If we wish to see lasting change that will eliminate discrimination and oppression against Black people, words are not enough.

The Kennedy Forum has and always will stand for equality, not just for those with mental health and addiction challenges, but for all who are discriminated against. This includes ending the racist systems that perpetuate physical and psychological violence. We want to contribute to the important conversation taking place in our nation by promoting resources and actions we can all take to heal and address the trauma caused by racism:

John F. Kennedy, whose ideals and values shaped The Kennedy Forum’s mission, fought for racial equality throughout his presidency. We proudly honor his legacy each and every day and we will continue to fight to end structural racism in our country. Please join us and help to be the change.


“If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?” 

 – President John F. Kennedy (June 11, 1963)
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