At the threshold of this year we commemorate the birthday of Dr. King Jr., the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, and reflect on 50 years since the passing of Dr. King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.

It is also the year we celebrate the 45th birthday of the Center for Dispute Settlement, an agency formed to address the polarization our community experienced in response to racial tensions. This year also holds great promise for addressing the deep racial and social divisions still evident today.