Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: 'Pillar of Hope and a Model of Grace'

BY ANGELA PRIMIANO / Vice-Chair, Florida Commission on Human Relations
Guest Columnist for Headliner Surfer

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

These words are as moving today as when first spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the passionate and influential civil rights leader who stood as a “pillar of hope and a model of grace” in his fight towards equality for all.

On Monday, Jan. 17, we will reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King, who, with his brave supporters, stood in strong opposition to racial discrimination, as well as the wrongful and unequal treatment of people who differed in national origin and religious beliefs.

The State of Florida continues to carry Dr. King’s legacy forward, committed to ending discrimination and ensuring all within our state have fair and equal access to employment and housing - because every person deserves to live the American Dream.\

The State of Florida continues to carry Dr. King’s legacy forward, committed to ending discrimination and ensuring all within our state have fair and equal access to employment and housing - because every person deserves to live the American Dream.

The Florida Commission on Human Relations was established in 1969 to enforce the Florida Civil Rights Act and address discrimination through education, outreach, and partnership. Annually, the FCHR recognizes and honors Floridians who advance civil rights throughout the state in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

As we take this time to honor Dr. King, let us consider how we can improve our own communities.

Everyone should have the opportunity to live the American Dream. Dr. King paved the way for our society to embrace equality, and it is our job as Americans and Floridians to ensure the civil rights of all people.

Angela Primiano, guest columnist / Headline SurferABOUT THE GUEST COLUMNIST: Angela Primiano is a Human Resources leader with 20 years of HR experience. She is vice president, Human Resources for Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida. Primiano has been with Memorial since 2013, and previously held HR leadership positions in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, including the healthcare, consumer goods, and international development industries.
She also serves as an adjunct professor for Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches in the Executive Master’s Program.
Primiano also serves as an elected Commissioner for the City of Hollywood, Florida.
She was appointed to the Florida Commission on Human Relations in 2020 by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve a four-year term.
Primiano earned a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, as well as an M.B.A. and a Master’s in Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a senior certified professional certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Primiano has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management since 2001. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration, Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, and HR Association of Broward County.
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