Martin Luther King Jr

MLK Day reinforces messages of Hope

By Al Hill Jr., Senior Director of Diversity and Cultural Competence

MLK Day is January 17, a day established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, Jan. 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, and marking the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - a Day On, Not a Day Off.

At CFI, we will commemorate Dr. King this year with a reflection from me and time to listen to his "I Have a Dream" speech, which will play all day on the TV monitor in the lobby at our Wells Street location.

Dr. King was an inspiring activist and the most visible leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Always, his messages were of nonviolence, love, hope and equality for all people.

While there has been progress, we must acknowledge that we have not yet achieved MLK’s dream of equity and prosperity for all at a foundational level, but rather have just scratched the surface. In order to keep the ideals of Dr. King moving forward, today and everyday, let us commit to honoring his legacy by pouring hope into our communities by taking action to build a better future.

Most of Dr. King’s work reflect CFI’s vision of healthy and hopeful communities, and our Science of Hope initiative. We are embracing the evidence-based Science of Hope as it shows that hope – the belief that the future will be better than today, and that you play a role in making that future possible – can be learned and measured. And hope is the most predictive indicator of well-being in a person’s life in all the research done on trauma, illness, and resiliency.

Join us in celebrating Dr. King’s many contributions, and CFI’s part in continuing his legacy by embracing and sharing hope.

Watch 'I Have A Dream' speech