MLK Observance 2020


The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. embraces his influential decisions, monumental actions and civil rights progression that lives on today.Since his assassination in 1968, Dr. King has been embraced as the epitome of racial equality. We live out Dr. King’s dream by advocating for peace, unity, love, change, leadership and service. As a nation, it is imperative that we strive to institute best practices to reduce racial biases and continue to be committed to the basic rights of all.

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are you doing for others?

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged the world to recognize that true liberty depends on our acceptance of equality. The nation is consistently moving closer to fulfilling America’s promise of economic and social justice because we stand on the shoulders of civil rights leaders like Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Andrew Young, Daisy Bates, Julian Bond, Claudette Colvin and John Lewis.

Make a career of humanity. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and words continue to serve as examples of strength, compassion, and his commitment to equality, justice, and inclusion. In 1994, Congress officially recognized Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as the, "National Day of Service," to reflect Dr. King’s commitment to, "service for all." It is a day that serves as a time of reflection and a call to action. As we celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted himself to service, we encourage you to learn more and participate in the various service opportunities offered at NIH.

NIH Clinical Center Building

Volunteer by Participating in Clinical Trials as a healthy volunteer, see Program for Healthy Volunteers. For information on participating as a patient, see Clinical Trials: Are They For You? and Search the Studies.

Volunteer by Helping Out at the Hospital NIH Clinical Center Volunteer Services.

The Childrens Inn at NIH Front Entrance

With the help of 195 dedicated volunteers, The Children’s Inn at NIH is able to help serve children and families coming from around the world for groundbreaking research studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Collins and friends holding the CFC Logo

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

Join the campaign today.