When John F. Kennedy announced America’s mission to the moon, he said we were going not because it was easy, but because it was hard. Striving toward this gargantuan goal, the president said, would “serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.”
I thought of that quote — hard, not easy, but worth doing because of what it would demand of us — when I spoke with Cheri Hall, who a little under three months ago started a new job at Miriam’s Kitchen, a charity in Foggy Bottom that is working to end hunger and homelessness in the District.
Hall is the nonprofit’s first director of equity and inclusion. It’s a job that, like Janus, the two-faced god of Roman antiquity, looks in two directions at once: inside the organization and outside. Is the staff of the 38-year-old charity as diverse as it can be, with recruitment, hiring, training, mentorship and promotion open to everyone on an equal basis? And are all the guests that Miriam’s Kitchen serves treated equitably, regardless o
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