What does it mean to be a king? When I think of a king, I think of crowns, thrones and power. However, it’s much more than that. Being a king takes courage, diligence, humility, caring and sacrifice. These are all qualities the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. possessed which is why “Be A King” is not just a reflection of Dr. King’s name, but also of his legacy. “Be A King” was also the theme of the 24th Annual MLK Celebration I recently attended at Frito-Lay headquarters hosted by PepsiCo and Mosaic, our African American employee resource group.
The event featured a performance from our PepsiCo Voices choir as well as an inspiring presentation from Fox News Contributor and bestselling author Juan Williams. I admit, as a young African American woman, I sometimes take for granted the struggle the generations before me went through for equal rights because I didn’t endure it firsthand. Williams’ presentation helped put things in perspective for me. He talked about the barriers that had to be broken to achieve equal rights, and also spoke about the importance of rising above our limits. What was most profound to me was when he stated, “Dr. King lives in all of us, and this is how we keep him alive.” Going forward, I’m going to do my best to honor Dr. King's legacy and lift up my fellow man.
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