MLK Observance 2022

Honoring Dr. King A Monumental Man

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King

EDI works in concert with the Institutes and Centers to advance equity and justice for people from all backgrounds. On this special day of observation, and also 365 days a year, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on civil rights and inclusivity. Dr. King sought to cultivate a movement--calling upon individuals to take action to improve their communities in any way--suggesting that the accumulation of small compassionate acts helps to move the needle in a positive direction for the greater collective.

The time is always right to do what is right.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Monument for a Legacy

EDI Blogs

Blacks portfolio specialist detailee, Colin Fraser, reflects on the Dr. King Memorial in D.C. and its unique connection to the values he’s come to know at the NIH.

EDI’s digital content strategist, Tanya Chakraborty, tells us why MLK Day is a day to do more for our communities.

Women’s portfolio strategist, Joy Postell, shares her reflections on a childhood anecdote and its significance today in remembrance of Dr. King.

Acting Director, Dr. Lawrence Tabak, invites the NIH to honor Dr. King.

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.
— 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.

A Message from the EDI Acting Director

Dear NIH,

Please join the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) on January 17th as we pause to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we reflect on the life of Dr. King, we learn from the struggles of our nation’s past, celebrate advancements toward a more perfect union, and are inspired to forge a just, inclusive, and equitable future.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) federal holiday is a time to commemorate the contributions of this great American and contribute to our local communities through acts of volunteerism. We pay homage to this civil rights pioneer, distinguished orator, and esteemed leader with a virtual campaign throughout the month of January highlighting his contributions.

EDI cultivates a culture of inclusion where diverse talent is leveraged to advance health discovery. We urge each member of the NIH community to join us in the quest to make NIH the premiere place for diverse talent to work and discover. Together we can advance Dr. King’s ideals and serve as a model for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the federal workspace.

In observance of the MLK Day of Service, please volunteer with your favorite cause or visit the AmeriCorps MLK Day website to find volunteer opportunities in your local community. To learn more about the MLK campaign, please visit the EDI website and follow EDI on Twitter and Instagram at @NIH_EDI.


Dr. Shelma Little, Acting Director, EDI

Dr. Shelma Little