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Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, we rightly pause to remember the life of a legendary figure in American history and courageous change agent for freedom and equality. Though Martin Luther King Jr. emerged in the midst of societal tension and conflict, his message and approach was one that sought to erase division, racism and hatred.

Without question, King set an incredible example of leadership, and he clearly recognized the tremendous weight of his calling. While he always spoke with unapologetic conviction, King also demonstrated that tactics matter for bringing real and lasting change.

Like others, I am always inspired by King’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, which was delivered in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital. His words thundered with truth and vision, calling on the nation to “rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed” and recognize that “all men are created equal.”


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