This post is authored by Richard Taylor - Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources for Intel Corporation.
The year was 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood up in front of a crowd of a quarter million people, on an August day in Washington D.C., and uttered these famous and unforgettable words: “I have a dream.”
What Dr. King dreamed about over 50 years ago – freedom, equality, respect and dignity for ALL – is still relevant today. He inspired millions of people around the world with his dream, his tireless commitment to equality, and his call for change in our society. We honor Dr. King’s life and achievements as an influential leader who changed our world for the better, and touched the lives of so many along the way.
Therefore, starting this year, Intel will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day as an additional paid holiday for U.S. employees*. Doing so recognizes the legacy that Dr. King left to us, and inspires us to carry it on and live into it.
In observing MLK Day, we reinforce our commitment to a dynamic, diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees and the communities that we serve. Equality and inclusion start with all of us – with our attitudes, our choices, our comments and the way we choose to see and interact with the world. Dr. King’s dream was of a peaceful, vibrant, diverse nation that celebrates the values of equality and respect for all.