ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “A day on, not a day off” was the theme connecting the speakers’ messages at the 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Commemorative Breakfast in Albuquerque.
Speakers, each in her or his own way, emphasized that there are no holidays in the struggle to keep martyred civil rights leader King’s dream of equality for all Americans alive.
“We can make a difference despite significant challenges if we double down on our efforts,” said keynote speaker Rodney Prunty, president and CEO of United Way of Central New Mexico. He said those united in the cause of equality can rededicate their efforts by employing the three Bs of leadership – bright leadership, bold leadership and brave leadership.
Bright leadership, Prunty said, is the hunger for learning and data analysis, doing the research to get to the root of inequities. Bold leadership, he said, is seeing the big picture and beyond, developing strategies and being aggressive.