Note: Dr. King’s words of inspiration and passion for equality were captured in the 2019 special tribute video.
A dream realized
On Monday, our nation will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose work was rooted in social justice.
Because of the racial injustices within his own community, King is best remembered as a champion for African-Americans’ equal rights. The admirable thing about Dr. King is that he was truly a champion for the equal rights of ALL people. He called himself a “drum major for justice” and reminded the world that a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
During his lifetime – and still today – many injustices littered the world.
At the height of his fight, poor people suffered some of the same disadvantages in this country as people of color. Right before King’s death in 1968, he began to organize “the poor people’s campaign” in Washington, D.C. He understood that African Americans and other minority groups deserved civil rights, but they also needed economic security before they could contribute to this country in a meaningful way.
Many people also don’t realize that early in his career Dr. King began fighting for women’s rights and rallied for women to have the same opportunities for upward mobility as their male counterparts.
As I think about the men and women who have made Texas Children’s what it is today, I am extremely humbled and incredibly grateful for Dr. King’s dream. We are a team that is culturally, ethnically and economically diverse. We are a team that is more than 80% women. And we are a team that is comprised of people at all ages and stages of life. Our one amazing team is his dream realized.
I am 100% clear on the fact that we are one amazing team because of the diversity that we bring to work with us each day. And I believe that Texas Children’s is who we are today because of Dr. King’s convictions, influence and socially transformative efforts.
I know you hear me say it all the time, but leadership really does apply to everyone. We each must do our part to lead. Dr. King wasn’t wealthy. Dr. King wasn’t popular with everyone. Dr. King didn’t have a fancy political title. But what he did have was a heart to serve his community and the entire world.
We can all do the same. Right now – in 2020 – we have the perfect opportunity to serve our community by getting informed and involved in the political process as we are charged with voting for president and other elected officials in November. Given our political climate and its implications on health care, we need to be active and involved more than ever. We need to do our part to ensure that we can continue to serve all children and women, regardless of who they are.
In addition to voting in November, here are a few ways to honor Dr. King’s legacy today:
- Read the entire “I Have a Dream” speech. It is a beautifully written speech that offers insight into Dr. King’s passion for all people.
- Attend a local parade and talk with others about what Dr. King means to you.
- Watch a documentary on Dr. King’s life or the Civil Rights Movement that he led.
- Teach your children or the children in your life about his incredible legacy, so as they grow up, they can pass it on in their own way.
Thank you all for everything you do and please enjoy your holiday.