Local diversity and inclusion on display in observance of MLK Day
Talent development must be pursued strategically and demands a variety of commitments. The very notion of talent development itself is far broader than just education and training programs. It also includes diversity and inclusion practices. The Q2030 plan specifically addresses the need to make respecting and reflecting diversity of all people second nature in the Quad Cities region. Community dialogues are essential to opening up honest lines of constructive communication, with the goal being to achieve solutions to issues rather than perpetuate further distrust and disagreement.
That concept was well demonstrated by recent local events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Augustana College hosted " Passing the Torch," a community celebration and tribute to Dr. King and his hard-fought-for principles of inclusion and equality for all people. The evening included inspiration, awards, music, dance and Augustana College's Dr. Chris Whitt, a member of the Q2030 Steering Committee, as the featured speaker. That event was preceded by a youth forum on civil rights, also hosted by Augustana. Learn More.
The Martin Luther King Community Center in Rock Island followed up by hosting "There Comes a Time When Silence is Betrayal." It was the center's 33rd annual memorial service in honor of Dr. King. In Davenport, United Neighbors Inc. hosted "The Legacy of a Man," a ceremony also in honor of Dr. King. Both events included performances, presentations and community awards. The First Army Equal Opportunity Office also hosted a Dr. King observance at the Rock Island Arsenal featuring civil rights veteran Patti Miller as the keynote speaker.
The practices of inclusion and diversity were well displayed at these events.