In this season of uncertainty and collective heaviness North Carolinians are proud of the many ways we have gathered together to take care of each other. From state and local governances to essential health care workers; there are innovative community farms, front yard potlucks feeding thousands over a weekend, and virtual arts, cultural and political programming that remind us to remember who we really are as a kind, generous and humble people who thrive close to the land and hold family close.
In the eye of this tremendous health pandemic, North Carolina community activists and nonprofits continue the monumental task of fighting racism, classism, gender phobia, sexism, ageism and xenophobia. We are thankful for these movements that encourage and facilitate dialogue around racial justice and antiracism in the midst of not-so-hidden racial agendas fueled by white supremacy groups who purposely look to incite violence.
North Carolinians are proud of our strengths and vulnerabilities that hold us accountable to reimagine the possibilities, visions and commitment to creating more compassionate communities for our children. Daily, we are creating the safe spaces and corridors of generosity where we can continue to thrive alone, but together, trusting that “tenderness unto the unknown is tenderness unto oneself.”
— Jaki Shelton Green, poet laureate of North Carolina