The “Beloved Community.” The term, and the vision it represents, was made popular by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the height of the civil rights movement. In many of his speeches, Dr. King spoke about its meaning - a world where poverty, hunger and homelessness would not exist and where racism, bigotry, prejudice and discrimination would be replaced by love and brotherhood.
Atlanta’s Westside is a community as rich with history as it is with heart. In its prime, the Westside and its neighborhoods were home to many of the nation’s famed civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard Jackson and Julian Bond. The peaceful protests that characterized the civil rights movement and changed the course of history were planned right here in this community.
It was 1965 when Truett Cathy came home with his restaurant’s latest menu offering: a piece of fried chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns. His son, Dan Cathy, remembers the moment well as a 12-year-old boy. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, his father’s new sandwich would change not only Dan’s life but the trajectory of his family’s business and the fast-food industry as a whole.
At Chick-fil-A, we pride ourselves not only on customer service, but also taking care of our own. Three decades ago, founder S. Truett Cathy set out to encourage Team Members to further their education by awarding scholarships to help pay for their college tuition.
There is a common thread from which most human connections are formed. They are the life experiences that make us who we are. We reflect on them. We share them. We listen to them told as stories, looking for how our narratives might fold into another’s. But what if those ever-personal experiences, our very stories were erased from memory? How then are we to form bonds and build relationships