For the fourth year in a row, OG&E is observing a Week of Service to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by partnering with elementary schools, participating in the annual Oklahoma City MLK Day Parade and highlighting its diversity and inclusion efforts.
“Starting the new year with our MLK Week of Service helps us reflect on our company’s responsibility to equally serve all customers and all communities,” said Sean Trauschke, Chairman, President and CEO of OGE Energy Corp. “Public Service is one of our values and is one way we honor Dr. King’s indelible legacy of unity.”
To kick off the MLK Week of Service, Donnie Jones, OG&E Vice President of Utility Operations, visited with Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School students in Oklahoma City and read a special book with a powerful message. The book – “Be a King: Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You” – teaches students that anyone can stand up and do the right thing.
“Our Week of Service offers a perfect opportunity for us to connect with kids in our community and inspire them to achieve great things – just like Dr. King,” Jones said. “It’s really something to see how engaged students become during the reading as they learn about Dr. King’s incredible legacy and begin to realize that they, too can play a part in bettering the world around them.”
Throughout the rest of the week, OG&E employees, led by the Black Together employee resource group, participated in a variety of activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King. Employees and Oklahoma teachers shared Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impactful and inspiring story with 1st grade students at 33 additional schools in 19 cities across the state. Each classroom received a copy of “Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You” so students can enjoy and learn from it for years to come. In addition to the classroom readings, many OG&E employees participated in Oklahoma City’s annual MLK Jr. Holiday Parade.
OG&E employees believe in the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in our workplaces, schools, and communities. The electric company’s Member Resource Groups (MRG) are employee-led groups that provide volunteer, community outreach, and leadership development opportunities. Today, OG&E has groups supporting African American, Asian & Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Veteran, Women, and New Employees as well as a group focused on Public Service.
Source: press release