Like most cities, Richmond has seen a lot of change over the last three decades. I know, because I’ve been here to witness all of it.
My city has taught me so much over the years. I’ve learned that the kindness of friends, family, and neighbors are the bedrock upon which we all live. That it doesn’t matter what language our signs are in, so long as there are good people behind them. That our differences aren’t chasms that divide us, but bridges that connect us.
I’ve also learned that we need to keep learning. We need to recognize that some of the biggest changes we can possibly affect can come from within ourselves. That Richmond can simultaneously be a series of diverse populations but also a community. That our customs or languages may differ, but empathy is universal.
That a better tomorrow starts with the changes we make today.