Since 1992 (yes, that recent), Arizonans have celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King every January. However, this January’s celebration seems to have more gravity, seems to be more urgent, and seems more essential than ever. 2020 was a banner year for reckoning with social unrest and a social awakening.  Now, in 2021, the conversation must turn to action and healing.  

Dr. King said, “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.” 

And what better way to make real the promises of democracy than to provide equal access to the American dream. At Co+Hoots Foundation, we are not only committed to serving underserved and underrepresented entrepreneurs but have made it our distinct mission. From resources to capital to mentorship, Co+Hoots Foundation has been at the forefront of supporting, encouraging, and investing in entrepreneurs and small business owners who have traditionally been ignored or under resourced.

And as we work to fulfill our mission this year, we will lean on our diverse community to guide us and our diverse community to make sure that the notions of equity, diversity, and inclusion are fully realized in the Co+Hoots Foundation.

Today as we celebrate Dr. King, we reflect on his work and his words that still resonate today (and perhaps now more than ever) and hope for a time when everyone in this this country can live freely and successfully. Until then, the Co+Hoots Foundation will work tirelessly to make sure we are making the right strides forward.

Let’s go forth together.

Co+Hoots Foundation Board of Directors

Ji Mi Choi, Odeen Domingo, Jenny Poon, Sentari Minor, Kay Transtrum