At Beasley Allen, we help those who need it most. That has been our mission since 1979 when I founded the firm as a sole practitioner. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all too many other black persons show clearly how far we still have to go.
Beasley Allen now has offices in two historically significant cities – Montgomery and Atlanta. In each city, individuals with strength of conviction determinedly stood their ground and demanded justice and equality for Black Americans. Rosa Parks rode a bus and Martin Luther King had a dream. Ms. Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus sparked a citywide bus boycott that successfully concluded when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that buses must integrate. Dr. King’s leadership in Atlanta, Montgomery, and across America gave us the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
But Rosa Parks and Dr. King are not enshrined for their actions alone. Instead, they are enshrined because they mobilized and encouraged others to stand up for the rightness of their vision. The rightness of equality and justice for all was their mission. In their wake, many stood and advocated for that equality and that justice. Their sacrifices have inspired so many and affected so much change. Racism in America has been our biggest problem. Clearly there is much work yet to be done and further delay cannot be tolerated.
The work for change is hard. Ms. Parks lost her job because of her refusal to accept injustice. Dr. King lost his life. But theirs was righteous work.
Today, it has never been clearer that this righteous work is not done. The call to action is pressing. For too long, too many in America have been complacent about the fight for equality and justice for Black Americans. That complacency must end and it must end now. We must stand for equality and justice for all. We must stand for changes to a broken system – a system that has unfairly oppressed Black Americans through doctrines like that of qualified immunity and harsh sentencing guidelines.
We must engage, learn, and grow until the visions of Ms. Parks and Dr. King are totally realized. The recent murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in handcuffs, by a white police officer, with three other officers aiding and abetting him, has resulted in nationwide protests calling for total reform of a broken system.
This movement is a righteous cause and one that cannot fail. Americans must stand up for right and oppose wrong. Those in public office must join the movement for equality and justice and do whatever is necessary to bring about the needed changes.
Our prayer today is for justice and equality for all Americans and for all white citizens to join with the protesters to bring about the changes in government and society that are long overdue. Beasley Allen’s mission – helping those who need it most – calls us to action now. We stand with the call for liberty and justice.