How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy Lives On With ShearShare


Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Here’s one of my favorite, lesser-known MLK, Jr. quotes: 

“…we need to be concerned that the potential of the individual is not wasted. New forms of work that enhance the social good will have to be devised for those for whom traditional jobs are not available.”

In ShearShare’s quest to redesign the future of work for beauty and barbering professionals worldwide so that fellow independent stylists and salon and barbershop owners alike may maximize their earnings potential, we are in essence leveraging technology in a new way to create this “new form of work.” And by meeting stylists and owners where they already are–on their mobile devices–we are creating ShearShare to serve as innovation for the social good. 

We all know that Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights movement and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but did you know that he also believed in economic equality for all?

Little-known facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.:

  • In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign
  • His given name at birth was Michael King
  • Well before its time, MLK, Jr. believed that enacting a guaranteed income (known today as “universal basic income”) could eradicate poverty for hard-working Americans
  • King was awarded at least 50 honorary degrees from colleges and universities!

As Dr. King goes on to say, 

“If a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.”

Keeping our small businesses open is important to us. Enabling work on Day 1 for newly-licensed cosmetologists and barbers is important to us. Giving people the freedom and flexibility to do their best work and operate in their passion is important to us. Helping solopreneurs keep more of their hard-earned money is important to us. Because we know that type of fulfillment leads to innate happiness.

As part of the ShearShare family, we want to say thank you for helping to make sure Dr. King’s legacy of economic equality lives on. Together with your feedback and focus on #communityovercompetition, we are collectively devising “a new form of work that enhances the social good” so that we all win with ShearShare.

To put our money where our mouth is, please use code MLK1929 to get $19 off any ShearShare stay booked today. Anyone, anywhere. Offer ends at 11:59 pm CST. 


Courtney and Dr. Tye