Today our nation will honor an American icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With courage and conviction, Dr. King’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement provided tremendous progress toward racial equality in America. In standing up and speaking out for fairness and equality, Dr. King has helped shape a brighter tomorrow for all communities.
Launched 26 years ago, CAPAL is a continuation of the civil rights movement. Founded by Chantale Wong, CAPAL was established to provide a supportive forum to engage and train the next generation of Asian American and Pacific Islander policymakers and public leaders. This forum, now known as the Washington Leadership Program (WLP), has educated and empowered thousands of AAPI leaders in the past several decades. And, in many ways, we are an extension of Dr. King’s work.
This holiday reaffirms our commitment to building on the progress of the past by expanding opportunity in the future. Together, we help establish tomorrow’s leaders today by providing them life changing opportunities, whether it be through our scholarships and internships program, WLP, or professional development programs.
Dr. King once said that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” All of you answer that question whenever you volunteer your time to help support CAPAL. I’m proud of the work we have done together to contribute to the movement.
We still have a long way to go before the AAPI community will achieve equality, but with the work we do at CAPAL, we are producing the leaders needed to move our nation closer to Dr. King’s dream.