Martin Luther King Day

Friday January 13, 2012

What is it?

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was one of the driving forces behind the American Civil Rights Movement and remains an iconic figure in the world today as evidenced by the recent dedication of his monument so prominently displayed in our nation's capital. To celebrate his birth, life and dream - federal offices, schools and banks across America are closed, to honor his teachings of nonviolence and equal rights. Over the years, this federal holiday has transformed into a national day of community service in which Americans come together and work to help one another.

What has the Army done?

Army leadership has asked the entire Army family to use Martin Luther King Day as an opportunity to engage in community activities to help others in need. Units and agencies throughout the Army have made plans and will execute appropriate commemorative activities to celebrate the holiday.

Why is this important to the Army?

As we celebrate the various holidays throughout the year, we remember that this holiday symbolizes our nation's and Army's commitment to a society based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all people. As our Army works to achieve our vision for diversity to be the national leader in embracing the strengths of diverse people in an inclusive environment, we can also lift up our fellow human beings both at home and around the world to honor Dr. King's memory and reaffirm our common humanity.

What is planned for the future?

We emphasize the value the Army places on diversity. We are "Army Strong" because we not only place great value in having different perspectives, approaches, and skills but also because we value having ethnic and cultural diversity. Throughout the year, we will celebrate and commemorate the diversity of our Army and leverage and draw strength from the rich diversity within our military and civilian ranks by recognizing the critical roles we all play in strengthening our nation's presence around the world.

Resources:

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Martin Luther King, Jr. (birthday) Day of Service
African Americans in the U.S. Army

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"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous quote on character and service

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"We are here to connect America's people with America's Army. That may sound cliché, but that's exactly what we're doing. We are providing an opportunity for the youth -- the future leaders of our nation -- and providing them an opportunity to engage Soldiers and hear Soldier stories."

- Lt. Col. David Walker, a U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade operations officer for the "Army Strong Zone" during 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Week

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