On Monday, January 21, in the U.S., our teams will take the day off to acknowledge Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a day to reflect on the inspiring leader’s fight for equality and freedom for all, and to honor his legacy by giving back to our communities in the way Dr. King did.
While this day of observance is time off, it also provides a unique opportunity to act and to push the world toward change. Cities across the country will celebrate with planned parades and days of service. Knowing Protiviti’s commitment to giving back, we decided to ask colleagues around the firm to provide their perspective on the day, and to hear how they planned to contribute to his legacy.
Justine, Metro D.C.: “My family and I plan to watch a movie on actions that inspired change and tells the story of the U.S. civil rights movement. Our choice this year is “42,” which about Jackie Robinson, who played baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and racial integration in baseball. This movie helps us remember one of Dr. King’s most important lessons: ‘Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle.’”
Sharon, Dallas: “Dr. King and MLK Jr. Day are an important part of our history, which serve as a reminder to be tolerant, kind to others, and to work every day on challenging unconscious biases, so you can be an ally for voices that may go unheard.”
Ashley, Charlotte: “I will be attending a community forum and leadership dialogue titled “The Challenges and Advantages of Diversity in the Global Workforce.” I want to better understand and participate in meaningful discussion around how businesses can recognize the unique differences and perspectives that each employee brings to the table – and integrate these valuable viewpoints into everyday decision-making, continuous learning, and valuable knowledge sharing. I’m proud to work for a firm recognizes that diversity and inclusion has to be a focal point of its values and strategy, not just on MLK day, but every day.”
Jenny, New York: “When you reflect on his transformative contributions to advancing civil rights, it is easy to question how we can possibly live up to his legacy. For me, I challenge myself to think about the legacy I want to leave behind and how I can make an impact on my family, friends, or my local community. I ask myself what opportunities there are to help drive change and how can I work with others to make a difference. This year, I am making a commitment to organizing community service events through the NY Multicultural Employee Network Group by partnering with local organizations!”
Jennifer, Houston: “Through the teachings of Dr. King and other notable community leaders, I learned early on to cherish and appreciate my community, and I recognize the power I hold to give back and create positive impact, through simple acts of kindness and volunteering. I am keeping it simple this MLK Jr. Day by meeting a new undergraduate mentee from my alma mater for coffee and helping where needed. Service comes in many forms, and maybe we have excused ourselves from the responsibility toward our community the other 364 days of the year, but in honor of Dr. King, we should actively embrace service to the community. Every process toward change starts with a single step, and everyone is capable of taking the step. Each step, no matter how small, is meaningful to carry forward the dream.”
Read more about Protiviti’s D&I efforts here.
Looking for ways you can celebrate diversity & inclusion?
- Share history or watch a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with your loved ones.
- Research and attend Dr. King observances or celebrations in your local area.
- Practice random acts of kindness (make dinner for someone, call someone who you haven’t spoken with in a while, visit a nursing home, or buy someone a coffee). The options are diverse and endless!
- Grab coffee or lunch with someone outside of your usual network of friends and family.
- Learn about a different culture.