This week Americans will honor the memory of one of our greatest champions of equality and justice. Invariably, celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s bold life and legacy will invoke the names of places where he was spurred to act by conditions that cried out for change; Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Washington, D.C.Today a different set of cities is on the lips and minds of many Americans; Sanford. Ferguson. St. Louis. Staten Island – communities that have suffered from a rash of brief, public and violent encounters that differed in key respects but shared the same tragic end; the premature death of a young black man. These stories have resonated so widely and frustrated so deeply because they reflect some of our country’s most vexing and unresolved challenges – challenges that still fester nearly a half-century since Dr. King’s own violent and premature death. In a society founded on the radical notion that we can create a better tomorrow, these incidents, and so many others that end similarly, demand that we do better. Addressing the unique challenges facing boys and young men of color will require a whole host of creative and effective solutions.