Today we are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year we are marking the 90th anniversary of his birth (January 15, 1929) and the 51st anniversary of his untimely and tragic assassination (April 4, 1968). It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long since we lost this great American leader, who might otherwise still be alive now to share his wisdom and compassion with us through the current period of intense political and social divisiveness. We are grateful that his words and deeds are still alive, available for us to listen to and to read, and that they remain deeply etched in our memories.
As professional coaches and members of the International Coach Federation, we are committed to respecting all people, to embrace racial, ethnic, religious, sexual and gender diversity, and even to be tolerant of those whose political viewpoints may differ from our own. We are all hoping and praying for the inspiration and leadership to help us heal so we can become one great nation truly dedicated to equality and justice for all. As coaches, we aspire to live Dr. King’s dream, and to help our clients and our neighbors to find it within their hearts to come together to oppose personal and societal forces that promote prejudice and hatred against those who are not “the right” color, ethnic background, sexual orientation, etc., and to stand together as brothers and sisters, with love, acceptance, and understanding. By doing this, and committing ourselves to these values, we are most appropriately honoring the memory of Dr. King.
Marc Miller, Ph.D., ACC
President, ICF-Long Island