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Martin Luther King Jr. – The Man, His Dream and Legacy

January 18, 2021
Categories: Our Community

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18 celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. VMRC residents and employees have participated in service-related programs in previous years, but because of the coronavirus, we are focusing on remembering Dr. King’s legacy and the importance of sharing our dreams and hopes for our nation.

His dream inspires us: What are your dreams for our nation and its people?  We asked this of residents and employees and shared their answers through our internal cable programming.

His dream challenges us: What are we doing to bring peace to our community and nation? In these turbulent times, each individual can be an instrument of peace in our neighborhoods and communities.

His dream compels us: How are we as an organization and individuals aware of our “whiteness?”

VMRC is committed to using these practices for our business and our communities:

In our journey toward diversity and inclusion we will:

Look within at our blind spots and biases.

Listen to others perspectives and experiences. 

Learn to recognize prejudices and privileges.

Live with empathy and a commitment to equity.

 How are we sustaining his dream? Justice and service are part of VMRC’s heritage. As we live out these values, we hope to build a stronger community of hope, meaning and growth on our campus.

 

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