Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

On Monday we celebrate the life of a great American hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, Congress designated this federal holiday as a national day of service, a “day on, not a day off.” It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

In his historic August 1963 “I have a dream” speech, Dr. King expressed a truly transformational message when he said he dreamed to “live in a world where people are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” That message should inspire and propel us forward in our thinking and actions, to create a greater work environment and community that reflects the values of equality, respect, dignity, and understanding.



In the spirit of Dr. King, we remain firm in our dedication to ensure that all our employees are provided the opportunity to succeed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, reprisal and additional bases of age, disability (physical or mental), and genetic information for civilian employees. Together, let us work tirelessly to harness the diversity of knowledge, experiences, skills, and perspective of our workforce.

I encourage each team member to observe this holiday with reflection, discussion and action. Make a difference in your communities, bridge barriers, and keep the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King alive!

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command




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