Norfolk Naval Shipyard Virtually Observes the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. > Naval Sea Systems Command > Recorded News Module


Although COVID has put a damper on many events since 2020, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) African-American Employee Readiness Group (AA-ERG) isn’t letting it stand in the way of Dr. Martin Luther’s honor King, Jr.’ Legacy. For the second year in a row, the AA-ERG is hosting a virtual event to celebrate the life of Dr. King.

“Dr. King is one of the greatest leaders our world has ever known, inspiring us as individuals, in our communities and across our country to advance civil rights, serve others and ensure the ‘equality for all,” said NNYS Commander Captain Dianna Wolfson. “His tireless commitment to achieving a better world for future generations continues to resonate today, more than fifty years after his trafficking and untimely passing. . His inspiration, his importance, his impact resonate around the world in his most famous words: “I have a dream”.

NNSY Strategic and Business Planning Officer (Code 1200) Cmdr. Lawrence Brandon read an excerpt from a letter King wrote while imprisoned in Birmingham Jail. The passage spoke of King’s thoughts and actions just before he decided to protest in Birmingham, even though police had already arrested hundreds of African Americans and publicly announced they would arrest anyone marching in the streets. Although the risk of being thrown in jail was great and there was no bond to be had, King and his team did the right thing and protested, even though they knew what the consequences would be. afterwards.

“This is an example, Dr King took the ‘it starts with me’ mentality and, working again with his team, paved the way for change in our legislation which is still in effect today, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination in employment and public accommodation based on race, color, religion or national origin; the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which restored and protected the right to vote; and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing for sales or rentals, to name a few,” Brandon said.

Brandon concluded, “My question and my challenge for you today is what in your life, personally or professionally, or even both, needs you to be like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and that you say “It starts with me?” There is only one thing to do, whatever it is. ACT!”

You can watch the video on the NNSY Facebook page on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/norfolknavalshipyard1/, the NNSY YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzFfU8843gJlExbDT2Iu8Wg/ and on DVIDS at https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/NNSY.

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