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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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The U.S. holiday commemorates the legacy of activist and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was tragically assassinated in 1968. Dr. King devoted his life to the pursuit of equality and justice for people of all races and backgrounds. His powerful message of freedom, equality, and peace continues to inspire us all.

Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech not only challenged America to aspire to greater heights but also urged the nation to embody the principles of justice and equality. Martin Luther King Jr. Day serves as both a federal and {@companyname} holiday for U.S. employees, emphasizing a spirit of engagement.

This day is designed as “a day on, not a day off,” encouraging individuals to dedicate time to learning and service. Seize the opportunity to educate yourself on social injustices and explore ways to contribute to the betterment of your community. Let us honor Dr. King’s legacy by actively working toward a more just and equitable society.

Things to consider:

  • If your company has the day off, make sure you mention that in the communication. If you have a global workforce, be sure to mention that U.S. employees have the day off — or target the communication to U.S. employees only.
  • Highlight your volunteer and matching policies and encourage employees to use this day as a volunteer day.
  • Consider setting up a volunteer event for employees to participate in, and include pictures. For example, plan an in-person or virtual trip to a civil rights monument or museum.
  • Include suggestions on how they can better the community. Places to donate or get involved include:
    • The King Center
    • NAACP
    • National Museum of African American History & Culture
    • National Civil Rights Museum

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