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January 5, 2024

DEI CORNER – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Almost two years ago, we formed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee at Gurnee Park District, a dedicated team of staff members who meet monthly to thoughtfully explore DEI related initiatives, goals, and community impacts. As we begin the new year, our committee is excited to share awareness on topics that we hope will inspire you to learn more about the significance and history each month celebrates.

For the month of January, we would like to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who dedicated his life to advocating for racial justice, nonviolent resistance, and the realization of the American dream for all citizens. His iconic leadership during the American Civil Rights Movement, particularly through the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, and his powerful speeches like “I Have a Dream,” played a critical role in dismantling racial segregation and inspiring positive societal change.

As we honor Martin Luther King Jr. in January, let us reflect on his legacy and the progress that has been made, while acknowledging that there is still work to be done in the pursuit of true equality and justice. King’s vision extends beyond his time, encouraging us to actively engage in conversations, challenge biases, and promote inclusivity in our community and beyond. Through our DEI initiatives, we aspire to emulate the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. by fostering an environment that values diversity, promotes equity, and celebrates the richness that comes from embracing different perspectives. Together, let us continue the journey towards a more inclusive and harmonious society, inspired by the principles laid down by this remarkable leader.

To learn more about the origins of this important holiday, the transformative work and achievements of King Jr., as well as view an inspiring virtual tour of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, please click on the following links:

The Controversial Origins of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Virtual Tour of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

Thank you for your time and we look forward to sharing more information next month!