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January 16, 2023: Martin Luther King Jr Day

Today marks the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a renowned American civil rights leader who dedicated his life to creating a world in which everyone could experience equal rights and justice, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. While Dr. King’s work was primarily centered in the United States, it has had a profound impact on communities around the world, including here in Canada.

Dr. King’s contributions to justice and equality have been instrumental in advancing the cause of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) in the workplace that Global Learning works so hard to promote every day. His legacy serves as an inspiration for us all to strive for greater levels of understanding, respect, compassion and unity among all people - embracing their differences or backgrounds.

To honor Dr. King’s legacy today, we wanted to take time to reflect on some of his greatest accomplishments and how they continue to shape DEIB initiatives throughout North America - particularly here in Canada. From advocating for equal pay to leading nonviolent protest movements like the Birmingham Campaign and March on Washington DC, Dr. King worked tirelessly so that everyone would be able to live with dignity and respect - values which are now embedded into our core beliefs here at Global Learning.

Dr. King also had a direct impact on Canadian DEIB initiatives when he visited Montreal in 1967 during a speaking tour sponsored by McGill University’s Institute of Social Work Studies and Research (ISWS). During his visit he spoke out against racism, poverty and social injustice - issues which remain relevant even today - drawing attention from media outlets across the country and inspiring Canadians of all backgrounds to stand up for their rights. He also became one of the first recipients of an honorary degree from ISWS for his work fighting systemic inequities both in America and abroad - something we at Global Learning can fully relate to as we strive for similar outcomes through our consulting work with organizations across North America.

As Canadians reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s incredible contributions today, let us take this moment not just to celebrate his achievements but also commit ourselves anew towards realizing his dream of a more equitable future where everyone is treated with dignity, not regardless, but because of their differences or backgrounds – something we at Global Learning strive towards every single day!


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