Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy and Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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This weekend, communities across America will honor and celebrate the lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During this time, we are reminded of his courage, passion, sacrifice, bold action, and impact. Because of him, our country and our world are better.

Dr. King pursued justice and equality, dreamed of a nation where we respected and cared for each other, and called each of us to a higher purpose. “So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” As we reflect on the principles that his life’s work reflected, we must continue to embrace the core of his legacy – diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).

Dr. King’s words and actions have inspired generations across the world. And yet today, almost 60 years after his assassination, the fight for equality remains. Though together we have made progress, intolerance, hatred, systemic racism, gender inequality, and discrimination persist. Last summer’s SCOTUS decision to eliminate affirmative action in higher education admissions, the ongoing attacks on DE&I initiatives across global corporations, and the continued character assassinations that happen far too frequently are reminders that there is still work to be done.

On this day, let us remember that his call to action continues. His vision for a better, transformed America, free of hatred, withering injustice, and inequality can become our reality. This America, where inclusion is seen as the fabric that weaves together freedom, justice, and equality, leading to exceptional business and community outcomes, is what The Executive Leadership Council believes is possible. It is at the core of our mission, our values, and our work for the past 38 years. And we will continue to be a leader, a voice, an advocate, and a partner in supporting the important work of DE&I.

As we honor Dr. King’s remarkable work to advance equal rights, and his enduring legacy, we must also renew our commitment to the principles that he championed. In the pursuit of equity, we must value diversity, and inclusion, and we must work together towards a society where every individual can be recognized for their talents and gifts, live without persecution or oppression, and have the freedom to pursue their dreams. Dr. King’s life and legacy remains a call to action, urging us to work together tirelessly towards building a world that reflects the true spirit of equality and justice for all.

Best regards,

Michael C. Hyter
President & CEO

Gale V. King
Board Chair

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