Each in their own right, two legends in American history share more than a special date.
“Never, never be afraid to do what is right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Betty White: defender of diversity and inclusion.
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Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. While others were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals.
Excerpt from The King Center
An American actress and comedian. A pioneer of early television, with a career spanning seven decades, White was noted for her vast work in the entertainment industry. White is often referred to as the “First Lady of Television”, a title used for a 2018 documentary detailing her life and career.
As of 2009, White was the president emeritus of the Morris Animal Foundation, where she served as a trustee of the organization beginning in 1971 and also was a member of the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association since 1974. Betty’s animal advocacy endured throughout her life and was spread among dozens of organizations around the world.
With the recent passing of Betty White, her fans have issued a challenge to donate to your favorite animal rescue organization on her birthday, January 17, in her honor!
And, in 2019, former President Barack Obama issued this challenge in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Let’s honor the legacy of one of history’s greatest changemakers together—by taking steps to make a positive collective impact on the world. What can you do to serve on MLK Day? It can be as simple as volunteering at your local library, bringing canned goods to a food pantry, or checking in on senior citizens in your neighborhood. Even the smallest acts of kindness help spur change in our communities.” ~ President Barack Obama