Richmond, VA, January 25, 2008
Cannaday, Other Area Leaders Help DuPont Employees to Honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Employees at the DuPont Spruance site in Chesterfield County held their 10th annual celebration honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 17. Four sessions were held throughout the day, and featured speakers included Dr. Billy Cannaday, Jr., Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction; Sheila Hill-Christian, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Richmond; and Marie Goodman-Hunter, nationally acclaimed actress and retired educator from Richmond Public Schools. All spoke to the celebration's theme of "Educating Our Youth: Making Little Dreams King Size."
Cannaday pointed out the importance of preparing today's youths as the leaders for tomorrow, especially since more than 10,000 employees nationwide from the "baby boomer" generations will be retiring off over the next 10 years. "For us as adults, we must become the eyes to their future. Children can help us all understand the power of dreams. Be an inspiration by how you conduct yourself-inspire through actions," said Cannaday. "Always challenge kids with high expectations. Encourage them by encouraging their hearts, and find ways to enable young people to make decisions-when they make a bad one, let them live and learn, because some of the most significant things you can learn come through failure."
DuPont Spruance Plant Manager John Strait also spoke at the event, and he encouraged the plant's 2,600 employees to take advantage of their many opportunities to "put life lessons into practice," through their daily interactions with one another and through their continued support within the community and key educational programs such as FIRST Robotics, Girls in Science, the Spruance Black Employee Network's Mentoring Program at Meadowbrook High School, and the Greater Richmond Science Fair, among others. "We need to continue supporting these organizations, and we must look for new ways to reach out to young people. Together, we must all take on the responsibility of helping these students become the leaders of tomorrow, who will ensure Dr. King's values are passed along to future generations."