To All of Our Grads and Future Attendees,
This year has taken some unpredictable turns.
The unforeseen impact of COVID-19 has changed the way we do business and interact with loved ones, and we continue to protect those we can as we recover. To add to this crisis, we all saw yet another unarmed African American, George Floyd, killed in an act of police violence. But those eight minutes of video are a blink in the eye of an ongoing history and pattern of racial violence and oppression of minorities in the United States.
It’s time for a change, and that happens now.
We have every reason to be angry, but our African American grads, business partners, friends, and family have more reason. We will not tolerate hate, racism, and abuse. This past week opened all our eyes to the fact that there is still much work to be done in order to carry out and honor the foundation laid by the leaders of the Civil Rights movement decades ago.
Black lives matter. To say anything else would be to ignore a fire in our own house.
At Commercial Capital Training Group, we have always prided ourselves in offering opportunities, and we are grateful to our African American and minority grads who not only become amazing entrepreneurs but who also help to uplift other businesses and communities in the process.
I believe we must all continue to invest in our greatest qualities – our ability to improve ourselves, to better our behavior, to demonstrate empathy, and to raise our voices. Because it is only when we invest in those very human qualities that we can appreciate the rewards of positive change and a better tomorrow.
Resources for You to Help and Provide Support
To provide help and support to African American communities across the country as well as those fighting for Civil Rights, consider donating to the following organizations:
Southern Poverty Law Center
Black Lives Matter
Alliance for Justice
National Urban League
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
List of Bail Funds for Protesters