Walking for Unity

African Americans in Motion support the dream at Tulsa's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

Community pride is a common theme in Tulsa during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. In 2017, the annual tradition continued as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) joined thousands of spectators to celebrate love and unity by honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in downtown Tulsa.

 

Although there is still much to accomplish, the parade honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the strides our community has made towards positive human rights initiatives.

As annual participants, our African Americans In Motion (AAIM) Business Resource Group (BRG), Tulsa Chapter, took the lead in coordinating the event. Many AAIM members marched in the parade, along with BCBSOK President Ted Haynes, AAIM State Chairperson Mica Harding, AAIM Vice Chairperson Mike Nelson, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Cunningham and AAIM champion Nicole Amend.

Tulsa’s Martin Luther King Jr. annual parade is one of the largest in the country. The 2017 parade theme was, “Love Conquers Hate.”

“Our participation shows our commitment to making a lasting positive impact in one of Tulsa’s most underserved communities,” says Mica Harding. “Although there is still much to accomplish, the parade honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the strides our community has made towards positive human rights initiatives.”

African Americans in Motion is one of BCBSOKs six BRGs that help employees grow professionally and support business objectives. Membership in the BRGs is open to all employees.

“Our business resource groups play a big role in fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Ted Haynes. “I have been honored to march in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade with members of our African Americans In Motion BRG for the past few years. I’m proud to see the work that they are doing in the community.”

2017 AAIM Leadership Team:  Ashleigh Lindsey, Belle Laskey, Cortney White, Danielle Ward, Mica Harding, Yolanda Sharp-Railey, Mike Nelson.

Watch a parade video to learn more.