Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. He was the spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950s to the early 1960s. His message of nonviolent activism towards achieving justice has shone the light on our path forward as a human race.
Dr. King's work has influenced many in his life, including the Honorable Teta V. Banks. Dr. Banks recalled seeing and hearing Dr. King in her childhood home in Detroit, Michigan where her parents were civic and religious leaders as well as educators. Inspired by their message of the importance of diplomacy and human rights, Dr. Banks has built a long and distigunished international career. Not only is she the first person of African descent to lead the United Nations Association of the United States of America as the National Chair, but also works as on the executive committee at the World Federation of United Nations. Dr. Banks led the organization in connecting American communities to the mission and work of the United Nations and advocating for US funding for UN agencies.
We are proud to report that Dr. Banks has agreed to become our newest Board Director. We are eager to learn from her how to work together as a global community to create a better tomorrow.