BATTLE CREEK, Mich. –
While the pandemic kept employees at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center apart they were still able to remember “one of America’s great heroes” through a virtual event sponsored by the Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity Office staff.
Chief of Diversity & Equal Employment Opportunity Al Hight described Martin Luther King Jr. as such a hero during a video presentation
offered online Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Hight reminded his audience of King’s background and his legacy, noting that the civil rights leader had personal experience with the problems he spoke against.
“He saw what was happening, and he wanted to make a change,” Hight said.
Hight talked about how conditions led civil rights leaders in Atlanta to look for someone to help lead a campaign for change. After Rosa Parks called attention to the conditions with her famous bus ride, those leaders asked King to get involved. Hight said the actions of King and other leaders are why many minorities have the opportunity to vote and freedom.
“Where people have the opportunity to vote they should,” Hight said. “They should also speak up when they see something wrong. As King said, “An injustice to one is an injustice to all.’”
Hight closed by reminding viewers of King’s message that staying silent about wrongdoing could imply people are complacent.