Prosperity, Opportunity, and Freedom
At 3:00 p.m. today, bells rang across the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington, DC, and the stirring I Have a Dream speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Half a century ago, marchers flocked to the Nation’s Capitol to rally for civil rights, including jobs and economic opportunity.
Many still debate if the quest for the American Dream is reasonable, or attainable. Fifty years ago, despite challenges that impeded progress at the time, hopeful marchers believed fervently that all should have access to the pursuit of the dream, in the workplace and beyond. While many meaningful strides have been made since the historic gathering in Washington, DC, there remain hurdles to scale. Women account for only 16% of corporate board leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies (source: Catalyst). Sixteen percent of the population - almost 50,000,000 people - live in poverty (source: U.S. Census Bureau), and, while the nation’s overall unemployment rates have decreased, almost 24% of teenagers are out of jobs (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Let us all continue to ring the bells of prosperity, opportunity, and freedom in our own lives by committing to:
- Proactively seek opportunities to cultivate skills that bolster or benefit our professional expertise
- Celebrate those who fought for progress during the Civil Rights movement and vow to make a difference for good in our individual communities
- Enthusiastically mentor a teen or Tween and help him/her prepare for internships and career opportunities
- Courageously confront barriers that block your progress, whether internal or external
- Consistently and positively use skills, talents, and abilities to gain workplace promotion or establish a business
How will you pursue prosperity, opportunity, or freedom in your own life? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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