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This past Monday, Jan. 16, we celebrated the life and legacy of Civil Rights pioneer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day was signed into law as a federal holiday by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and was first observed in 1986. It is celebrated on the third Monday of January so the day would fall around Dr. King’s birthday (he was born on Jan. 15). This day is not only a day to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy but is also recognized as a National Day of Service to encourage people to volunteer and improve their communities. On MLK Day and every day, Dr. King’s dream lives on in the hearts of millions of people who are taking action and giving back to their communities. We hope you were able to spend this day serving, educating others about Dr. King and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.
Vice Chair for Diversity