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Advancing Dr. King’s Beloved Community

MLK Day 2021

Beloved community: a community in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger and hate.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized the term Beloved Community during his lifetime of activism and instilled it with new meaning, sharing his vision for a world of justice, peace and equality for all mankind. Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a place where each person finds what inspires them to make the world a more equitable place. As we continue Dr. King’s legacy this year through the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 17, we encourage you to participate in activities that advance his idea of the Beloved Community.

Whether you choose to serve virtually or in-person to honor of Dr. King and his legacy, know that what you do – no matter how big or small – will make an impact in your community and an indelible mark on the future.

Check out the resources below for ways to serve and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. HCA Healthcare colleagues can also visit HCA Healthcare’s giving and volunteering website on our organization’s intranet to find volunteer opportunities.

Find a volunteer opportunity

AmeriCorps – MLK Day

Points of Light – MLK Jr. Day of Service

Take a Virtual Tour

The March: an Interactive Digital Experience

Presented by Time Magazine, this digital exhibit takes viewers on a historical journey offering a deeper understanding of America’s past and renewed reckoning of race.

Explore the Civil Rights Trail

This website allows you to explore the destinations important to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as plan your journey to cities along the trail. Discover the fight for civil rights and make sure the true stories that changed history are never lost.

Virtual Learning Journey: Civil Rights Movement

In collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Public Broadcasting produced a standards-based, virtual learning journey that transports viewers to a critical period of time in United States history.

Learn about the Selma-Montgomery Freedom March

The 54-mile historic Selma to Montgomery march was part of a series of civil rights protests that occurred in 1965 in Alabama. The march, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s participation in it, raised awareness of the difficulties faced by Black voters and the need for a national Voting Rights Act.

Google Arts and Culture: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle to March Forward

Presented by Google, a virtual exploration of the Civil Rights Movement is told through captioned videos and photos.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights Virtual Tour

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a museum and human rights organization in Atlanta that inspires people to tap their own power to change the world around them. The Center’s iconic exhibitions feature the papers and artifacts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the history of the US civil rights movement; and stories from the struggle for human rights around the world today.

HCA Healthcare colleagues reflect, apply, discuss

Sherri Neal standing behind an orange podium with words "BRAVE Conversations" written on it
Sherri Neal, chief diversity officer at HCA Healthcare

BRAVE Conversations: Igniting Change

HCA Healthcare’s Chief Diversity Officer Sherri Neal sat down with Richard Branton, the son of a legendary civil rights leader, to discuss racial equality, social justice, and what it means to be a truly diverse and inclusive organization in a three-part video series for HCA Healthcare colleagues released in January 2021. Each video has a discussion guide that includes highlighted excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech for further reflection and conversation within the context of what Richard shares about his life and experiences.

HCA Healthcare colleagues can watch the three-part video series on HCA Healthcare’s intranet.

BRAVE Conversations Toolkit for Leaders

HCA Healthcare also created a toolkit to encourage leaders to think creatively, act purposefully and explore unique methods to inspire dialogue that will ultimately make a positive impact on our patients and colleagues.

How will you advance Dr. King’s Beloved Community on January 17?

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 186 hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our approximately 275,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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