Message on the Occasion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Colleagues:

Were he alive today to celebrate, January 15th would mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 92nd birthday. For nearly four decades, Americans have observed this national holiday on the third Monday of January to honor Dr. King's legacy and leadership in the civil rights movement. Dr. King once said, "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." To this effect, in 1994 Congress enacted the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Since then, individuals across the nation have dedicated this day to volunteer in service to their communities. Certainly, we support those who chose to do so.

As professionals dedicated to improving the reproductive health of all Americans, this day presents an opportunity to pause and reflect on the ideals, including health equality, that Dr. King dreamed of and worked toward.

Dr. King challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play. No matter how you may spend the day, we encourage you to contemplate the historical importance of this day and the contributions of its namesake to our community and the world.

Hugh Taylor, President
Ricardo Azziz, CEO

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