A Letter to the CCAE Community

June 5, 2020

Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Dear Members of the CCAE Community,

Cambridge Center for Adult Education stands in solidarity with the Black community and with all communities of color. We are in opposition to white supremacy in all forms and support calls for justice. The protests we see across America today are a result of centuries of institutionalized racism, police brutality, and violence that have targeted Black Americans. The pain we feel today over the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, is not new for Black families and communities. We acknowledge that this goes beyond today. We must hold ourselves accountable and move forward knowing that our work does not end with a statement of solidarity and an acknowledgement of the work to be done, we must do the work ourselves.

CCAE as a cultural and community institution has a long history as an inclusive and safe space for learning and critical discussions. We are a place where students and instructors have learned together and challenged one another and it is imperative that we continue to do so in the face of present-day racism. We are committed to combating racism through education and conversation among our students, instructors, staff, and community.

This past October, we commemorated the 20th anniversary of White People Challenging Racism at CCAE. The overarching theme of this event was "The Fierce Urgency of Now," a phrase commonly used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, including in his 1967 speech, "Beyond Vietnam": "We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today."

We stand with Black Lives Matter.

Thank you,

Linda Burton, Executive Director