As millions of Americans celebrated the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) employees, senior leaders and family members showed their support by marching in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. parades.
BCBSOK President Stephania Grober said the parade is an important way to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 60s and proponent of racial equality.
“By coming together, we honor Dr. King and show our support of living his dream of peace, love and equality, and commitment to moving his legacy forward,” Grober said.
Led by BCBSOK’s African Americans in Motion (AAIM) Business Resource Group, BCBSOK has been a proud participant and sponsor of the event for nearly 20 years.
BCBSOK employee and AAIM Tulsa Chair Gayle Singleton said the event is an important reminder of Dr. King’s desire for unity and community.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was so important as a civil rights leader. He really fought for a lot,” Singleton said. “This parade celebrates all the work that he did. His legacy is so important because of the things he fought for. His dream was that we all come together, and that’s what we see here at the parade, a diverse group of people honoring him at one of the largest MLK Parades in the country. This is what his dream was.”