Continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of citizen action
Wells Fargo U.S. team members are participating in nationwide activities and events to observe the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
This is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that inspires Kelley Cornish, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Integration leader, who joined Wells Fargo in December 2019 and considers diversity and inclusion her life’s work.
For Cornish, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will always be more than a day off.
“Each year, on the holiday, I take time to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” she said. “The clarity it gives me re-engages me, and refuels me to continue to work to stand tall in being a voice for those in need.”
Whether through reflection, education, or participating in events across the nation, Wells Fargo team members will continue King’s legacy of citizen action and meeting the needs of communities to mark the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At the corporate level, Wells Fargo traditionally sponsors and participates in more than 25 events in cities across the country in honor of King.
The following slideshow includes examples of how hundreds of team members observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, by celebrating within their communities and volunteering their time for day-of-service activities.
Team members in San Antonio participate in the city’s MLK march, one of the nation’s largest annual marches in honor of King. Wells Fargo is an event sponsor. Jim Baum of Public Affairs, Tiffany Tavarez of Community Relations, and Regional Bank President Joe Kirk joined other Wells Fargo team members at a Philadelphia press event to kick off the 2020 MLK celebrations in greater Philadelphia, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Wells Fargo is the lead sponsor of the Philadelphia event, billed as the largest MLK Day volunteer event in the nation. Team members also participated in the MLK Day of Service event in Philadelphia in 2019, the first year Wells Fargo became a lead sponsor.Team members volunteered at the United Way of Greater Atlanta event on MLK Day in 2019, writing positive messages on 800 bags for schoolchildren. They packed books and nutritious snacks in each bag for delivery to Atlanta students.Team members in the Bay Area will participate in a Hands on Banking® event with area high school students as part of the weeklong observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A similar event took place earlier this year in San Francisco’s Richmond district.Team members attend the “I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa: Iowa’s African American Festival,” a two-day event supported by Wells Fargo since its inception. The celebration is held after the MLK holiday weekend in Des Moines, and also kicks off Black History Month. The annual event includes an educational and cultural celebration as well as the “Celebrating Excellence” gala.Members of the Minnesota chapter of the Black/African American Connection Team Member Network attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast in 2019, a fundraiser benefiting the United Negro College Fund.
Wells Fargo funded nonprofits in 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and internationally in 2019 and launched a new philanthropic strategy to support housing affordability, small business growth, and financial health.
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