“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. To commemorate the event, I listened to the full audio of the speech, which saddens and inspires me each time I hear it.
I also played the first few minutes of the speech to my students in Business Ethics, ending at the line “America has given the Negro people a bad deck, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.'” I asked them to think if the check had finally been cashed (no, of course not) and if other groups today are having the same type of discrimination as people of color in the 1960s (yes, of course). I also reminded them that businesses play a significant role and have a responsibility to work for fairness… of note, the march was called the “March for Jobs and Freedom.”
On this day in 1920, women were given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution passed. Alas, there is work to be done regarding equal pay, sexual violence, and women’s health.