Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Summary

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life was marked by acts of service and a tireless commitment to create a more just world. On Monday, Jan. 15, as we commemorate his life and legacy, we reflect on how far we have come as a nation and how we can all continue making a difference. 

At Envision, we are guided by our core values and calling to serve our patients, communities and one another and create a healthier world. We are also committed to fostering environments that promote equity and inclusion, and one of those ways is through our Employee Resource Groups (ERG). Some of our teammates from The PEOPLE Network ERG, which works to support the growth of Black, Indigenous and People of Color inside and outside of Envision, recently shared what MLK Day means to them.

Reflections From Members of The PEOPLE Network

  • “I celebrate by volunteering and serving in my community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
     
  • “It warms my heart to see how we and our children have learned about the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. Participating in this day of service and talking about the impact Dr. King had on our nation and on all people, regardless of the color of their skin, is truly incredible. Changes were made, slowly but surely. It is an honor to watch our communities come together each year and spend time with our neighbors doing positive things for one another.”
     
  • “As a biracial woman (my mother is White and my father is Black), MLK Day holds personal significance. Dr. King’s dream of a world where people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character resonates deeply with me. This day is a reminder of the progress that has been made in the fight for racial equality. Each year, I choose to celebrate by taking the time to sit back and reflect on who I am. This year, I will also celebrate by showing extra love and gratitude to myself, my brother and my parents.”
     
  • “Growing up, my grandmother had a part of one of MLK Jr.’s speeches framed in her sitting room, and she took me to Atlanta to visit his old church. I’ve always been grateful for his sacrifices and perseverance to create a better world. Remembering him and other activists is what MLK Day means to me.”
     
  • “I’ve been teaching my 6-year-old son about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom he portrayed in a school speech last year. I want him to embrace who he is as a young Black male in his own skin, in the country, and to exude confidence and love wherever he is.”

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