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MLK Day: ​Serve Others Every Day for More Unity

Monday, January 17, 2022 9:19 AM

By: Lauren McRae

On Monday, Jan. 17, we honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who refused to accept the segregation, inequality and systemic racism of mid-20th century America and called upon all Americans to strive for a more just and equitable future for all people.

MLK Day

In these more recently turbulent times, our national consciousness has awakened with the realization that there is much more work to be done in the quest for unity.

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" noted Dr. King. All of us at NorthShore have everyday opportunities, both in our personal lives and in the public setting, to further Dr. King's vision of unity and hope. In our work at NorthShore, we better the world each day in serving our patients and communities, as well as working to ensure that everyone we work with and serve feels listened to and respected.

Other ways to promote the legacy of Dr. King include:

  • Practice empathy by making an effort to see the world through the eyes of others
  • Practice humility by seeking to understand the experiences of those different from us
  • Engage in acts of kindness; recognize the infinite value of all people
  • Speak up when we see injustice being inflicted on another person

At NorthShore, we recognize that making sure all people are seen, heard, and valued is at the core of our mission. Additionally, dedicate a few minutes of reflection this week to learn something you didn't know about Dr. King and his work.

You may want to read some of his most inspirational quotes!