As a child I remember sitting on the floor of my parent’s bedroom
with my siblings, being made to watch black and white videos of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Hearing his powerful speeches.
Seeing millions of his followers (before social media was around
to increase notoriety and reach). Being amazed and moved by his
passion and tenacity. And yet, still not fully grasping just how
much we needed him. We needed him then because of what he stood for;
equality, transformation, respect, leadership - and we still need
those qualities today. As we celebrate Martin Luther King Day 2022
and think about its significance to each of us, we need to also ask
the important questions.
Where are we as a nation?
How far do we have left to go to achieve those qualities that
Dr. King preached?
I continue to strive to represent for people who came before me,
like Dr. King, for those individuals who marched and sacrificed, and
for all the brown girls and boys who will pave their own way after me.
As co-lead for African Americans in Novo Nordisk (AAiNN), I see the
need for continued commitment in driving diversity, inclusion, equity
& belonging. To make a real difference and create the change we
wish to see, we need to come together and work toward common goals. I
am using this holiday day off to be a “day on”. A day of service and
commitment to others and standing in the gap to help those in need.
My family and I volunteered for Cradles to Crayons to provide
children with essential items to help them thrive in their
communities. I encourage you to get involved in your community and
embody what Dr. King stood for. Find a way to volunteer and serve.
Speak up for someone. And don’t just do it today, make it a way of
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you
doing for others?’” - MLK Jr.