The changing name of the Microsoft event held in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States honoring the civil rights leader and formally serving as a day to reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change and more generally to honor Dr. King's legacy through service.

At Microsoft, the day has been recognized with an event whose name is, um, well, the name keeps changing. Here are the names from recent years:

  • 2006: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event
  • 2007: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
  • 2008: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event
  • 2009: MLK Day Event
  • 2010: Celebration to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2011: Martin Luther King Day of Celebration
  • 2012: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration
  • 2013: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration Event

I like to think this is done intentionally just to keep people on their toes.

Ironically, although the event "celebrates diversity and inclusion," the email announcing the event inadvertently excludes people with visual impairments because it consists of a giant JPG with no ALT text.

(No dream report from me today. That would be disrespectful to the man himself.)

Comments (9)
  1. So, here's M$ once again changing the name and even naming convention of a feature for no reason, solely because they are 2 TerraHitlers evil.

    This name changing is why I'm using Linux and it will be the death of M$ as a whole!!!

    And now taking my tongue out of my cheek…

    Why all the name changing? Any history out there?

    [I suspect it's because the people who organize it don't have OCD. -Raymond]
  2. John says:

    I have nothing to add to this discussion other than a funny story from a few years back.…/Microsoft_Apologizes_for_Racially_Charged_Image_Alteration.html

  3. James Curran says:

    MLK first rose to fame by leading the protest when Rosa Parks was arrested for trying to sit in the front of a city bus.

    In honor of his holiday, my city isn't running the shuttle bus I take to work, so no one can sit up front….

  4. Skip says:

    My city celebrates diversity and inclusion by having not one, but two MLK Day parades, because the two factions representing the parades have been squabbling over ownership rights to be "The" parade for almost 20 years.

  5. Joshua says:

    [I suspect it's because the people who organize it don't have OCD. -Raymond]


  6. Neither do I… Look: |||||||||| One of those isn't lined up like the others!

    I'd have thought that a big company would have had a policy for everything. Including a policy on the naming convention and formatting of social and/or celebratory events within the company.

    Maybe I'm just too used to the a very policy-mad Commission this side of the pond that mandates policies to the degree of "Dish washing policy" which names the sole brand of washing up liquid to be used.

    Or, looking at it from another way, I would have thought that there would have been the same team responsiblke for organising this, and they would remember what they called it last year and called it the same this year (with the added benefit of them being able to reuse things from year to year)

  7. GWO says:

    @Skip – I like to think of Houston's two MLK day celebrations as separate, but equal.

    [Brilliant. -Raymond]
  8. I'm actually amused that the problem is not with using the Hitler as the SI measure of evil, but spelling the prefix wrong.

    I'm going to save face here and point out I meant a dictator from Earth, as opposed to MoonHitler (insert insanity prawn boy laugh here)

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