The past month has been such an emotional rollercoaster. The heartbreaking tragedy of seeing George Floyd murdered, and adding his name to the list of people including Breonna Tayler, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and too many more who have cruelly and senselessly lost their lives to hate. Yet walking side-by-side with protestors in our city I have also felt exhilaration and hope that we would collectively acknowledge and work to change the systemic and institutional racism that pervades our city, state and nation today. What I have learned from many years fighting for equality and justice is that it will take continued effort from all of us to sustain the momentum and realize the sea change that has begun. Diversity Richmond can and must be part of this effort to eliminate racism and marginalization.”