Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
By: Whitney Harvey
Senior Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion
Minnesota Chamber Foundation
The Minnesota Chamber would like to acknowledge that Monday, January 16 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King is most commonly known for his advocacy, social justice work and powerful speeches, such as “l Have a Dream,” which was delivered during his peaceful march in Washington, D.C. in 1963, at which over 250,000 people were present.
Many people quote Dr. King and use his speeches as teachings but fail to acknowledge the struggles and barriers he encountered in his civil rights work. He was arrested over 20 times and assaulted on multiple occasions. His persistence and deeply rooted desire to drive positive change and promote equal rights despite the continued resistance is what inspires me most about him.
We encourage business leaders to use Martin Luther King, Jr. day to acknowledge, support and educate employees on the tremendous contributions Dr. King made in our country, as well as encourage employees to participate in or attend a local event:
Workforce solutions: Diversity, equity and inclusion
The Minnesota Chamber Foundation understands that inclusive workplaces are essential to build and welcome our future workforce. The Minnesota business community plays an important role in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statewide, and our goal is to connect you with resources and support you in doing so.
Want to get involved with our DEI efforts?
The Minnesota Chamber and Minnesota Chamber Foundation are launching an initiative to make Minnesota’s business community a national leader of workplace inclusivity by developing and supporting a statewide initiative to create equitable workplaces that value and demonstrate a commitment to creating a sense of belonging throughout Minnesota’s increasingly diverse workforce. And we're looking for your help! If your business is looking to get involved with these efforts click below or contact Whitney Harvey, the Chamber's Senior Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion.