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Early this morning my colleagues and I received an email from our company’s leader; he shared:

Today across the nation we celebrate the life and impact of Martin Luther King Jr., coinciding poignantly with the second term swearing in of our President.  MLK Jr. elevated our country to a higher level through the Civil Rights Movement and was heroic in his commitment to non-violence and moral justice.  We are a better nation because of him.

Each year I take a few moments to recall Dr. King and review lessons he taught.  One that resonates with our mission to make healthcare better inspires me to dig deeper for our children and children’s children in our work day in and day out.  I hope you find a moment to enjoy this as well:

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.Martin Luther King Jr.

With gratitude for this American hero, and gratitude to you for painstaking excellence in our service to healthcare and education, our partners and to one another.

The Learning Network in the Education section of the The New York Times shares insights and resources for teaching and learning; today they offer PowerPoints, photos,  lesson plans, graphs, charts, and links to past articles… and much more! Check out the resources at  http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/celebrating-inauguration-day-and-martin-luther-king-day/.

The What’s Right in Education blog often challenges readers to recognize their colleagues’ and students’ contributions. Our company leader did just that early this morning – tying our company’s quest for excellence in the fields in healthcare and in education, in our partner health systems and school districts, and in our work with one another to a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., about the importance of our work. As teachers and leaders consider sharing a similar message of recognition and challenge to colleagues and students not only today but throughout the school year. This challenge also from Chelsea Clinton, honorary chair of this year’s National Day of Service:

…As exciting as the National Day of Service will be, it will be even more powerful if it is just the beginning. Already, people are going online to pledge to make giving back a part of their lives, not just for a day or for a week, but all year round. If everyone who pitches in this weekend keeps up that commitment throughout the year, think about how much good we can all do. Lots of small acts add up to big change.

Clinton also reminds readers of her father’s speech 19 years ago which marked the signing of the bill making Martin Luther King Day a day of service:

At the speech he gave to mark the event, he reminded us of what King once called, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others?”

How will you answer King’s question… tomorrow?

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Schulten, Katherine. (01.21.2013). “Celebrating Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Day,” The Learning Network of The New York Times. Available online at http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/celebrating-inauguration-day-and-martin-luther-king-day/.

Clinton, Chelsea. (01.16.2013). “We can make a difference.” CNN Opinion. Available online at http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/15/opinion/clinton-day-of-service/index.html.

Quote from Company Leader. Email correspondence 01.21.2013

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