By Catherine Acedillo, Marketing Coordinator
A day of change. A day of hope. A day of realization that a world of equity and peace is not as far out of reach as we once thought. On the 20th of January, 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated as a national holiday in memory of a man who changed the course of history.
His dedication to advocating the nonviolent resistance against racial segregation is what gives people the chance to see that one voice can ripple waves of inspiration for generations to come. During his time in the Civil Rights Movement, he showed the world how much the power of words can change the hearts of people across the nation.
He is what the definition of a great leader should be. A person who has integrity and takes responsibility for his own actions. He knew that violence was not going to solve the inequality in education, nor the daily verbal and physical attacks, and threats to POCs. King became the voice we desperately needed.
He led the case for affordable education for all Americans in 1965, the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, the Birmingham Campaign of 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, and many other acts. He organized these peaceful protests, marches, and events to show the world that the color of our skin does not make us any less human.
Here at Ace Studios, one of the biggest things we pride ourselves in is our uniquely diverse team. With different backgrounds and experiences, we all give a sense of importance to our role. The pigment of our complexion does not define who we are, but it is the skills and knowledge we bring to the table that matters most.
Our COO, Chris Thigpen, who was born in Olongapo, Philippines has spent the majority of his life traveling the world to understand different cultural dynamics and how people interact to better empathize with clients and form deeper connections. Our CEO, Kurt Thigpen, who grew up in the South and first handedly witnessed racial inequality, now fights for POC business owners, clients, and people in our community to rise and become the best version of themselves.
It is people like Martin Luther King, Jr. that allowed us to dream more and reach higher. It allowed an idea to spark and come to fruition. We will continue the fight for social impact and ensure that we work with people that understand our practice for diversity, equity, and inclusivity. We hope to continue inspiring and helping the people in our community. Together, we can be the change.