I want to be accepted.
When Jean McMullan took the helm of Alford Lake Camp during the Civil Rights movement, she set out to establish ALC as an institution that stands for respect, kindness, friendship, and inclusion. We’ve made great strides since then, but we can do better. We will continue to strive for greater diversity and to create a safe space for difficult conversations.
To our families who identify as people of color—in particular, those who are Black or African American—know that we are thinking of you. We share in your grief and pain, though many of us are not able to comprehend the mourning and suffering endured, and we recognize that, especially now, you may not feel safe. We stand with you, and we are committed to the fight against systemic racism, injustice, and oppression. We at Alford Lake Camp, as a largely white, privileged community, must continue to do what we can to address the institutional racism that is so insidious in our country. Today and always, we stand together.
At ALC, we have the privilege of empowering young people to go out and make a difference in the world. We see the events of 2020 as a call to action: we encourage all Alford Lakers - campers, staff, alumnae, parents, and friends - to listen, to learn, and to treat others with respect and kindness. Together, we will work to engage in civil discourse so that we can help make this world a better place.