On Monday, January 17, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont recognizes Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day. This holiday celebrates and honors the life and achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of America’s most prominent civil rights leaders.
Dr. King was a Baptist minister who advocated the use of nonviolence to end racial segregation in the 1950s and ‘60s. MLK Day is usually celebrated with marches, parades and speeches by today’s civil right leaders and politicians. This year we invite you to reflect on the vision Dr. King had that was largely responsible for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Dr. King had a vision for our world, that all people are created equal and should enjoy the same rights and privileges, just as Goodwill has a vision for our community. We envision a community where equitable access to career opportunities is available for all.
Although we’re known for our retail stores throughout the Southern Piedmont region, we help people find meaningful work and provide employment services to meet the evolving needs of our community.
In the spirit of Dr. King’s message, we stand firm in strengthening our commitment to advancing equitable opportunities for all. Equity for all is at the forefront of our vision. The pathways that we build to help people pursue the life they want to achieve look different for everyone, and we’re committed to bringing those dreams to life.
In addition to recognizing the life and achievements of Dr. King, MLK Day is also designated as a National Day of Service. For many people in America, MLK Day represents a “day on, not a day off,” as they go into their communities to practice the teachings of Dr. King. We know success isn’t achieved alone, which is why we encourage partnership and collaboration to help our community prosper.
We encourage you to find local volunteer opportunities and take action to help people see possibilities, seize opportunities and prosper.