Williamson’s Notes: A Hero's Fight for Equity


“You have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate…to go out and seek justice for all.” John Lewis
– Representative John Lewis

The passing of Rep. John Lewis is a stark reminder that our life is a gift to be cherished and, I dare say, leveraged for the greater good of society. It is also a reminder that we must all come to grips with our mortality and not waste a moment while we are blessed to be present on this earth. 
Rep. Lewis dedicated his life to creating a more equitable America, yet we still fall short today. 
In recent history, we have seen first-hand that justice is not equal, which is not the fault of any singular person; instead, it is rooted in long broken systems and hardened hearts. When I last shared my thoughts, I promised to work to address inequality as long as I have a breath to breathe. Rep. Lewis’ passing reminds me those breaths are finite and that that I must press on. People are counting on United Way – my family, my friends, my co-workers, and the hundreds of thousands we serve. 
Today, I challenge you to join me in my effort. 
First, let us ensure that ALL people have access to a quality education as we can all agree an education is essential to achieving a prosperous life.
Second, let us ensure that ALL people have access to quality health care as we can all agree that prosperity can only be achieved when we experience good mental and physical health.
Third, let us ensure that ALL people have equitable access to economic opportunity as we can all agree that experiencing the benefits of financial stability possesses transformative power for a household.
United Way is on a path to equitable communities with health, education, and financial stability for all. 
Will you join us on our bold journey? 
As Rep. Lewis’ implored, "You can do it. You must do it."
We only have one life to live. To live better, we must Live United.

Michael WilliamsonMichael Williamson

President and CEO 

United Way of Southeast Louisiana