Greetings my Brothers of the Third District,
Since 1986, three years after President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law, every third Monday in January is designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday that celebrates Dr. King’s life and work. In 1994, Congress named MLK, Jr. Day as a National Day of Service and since then Americans have often celebrated the day through acts of service, dubbing the holiday “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” This movement also aligns with Former President Obama’s National Call for all Americans to incorporate volunteerism and public service into their daily lives as a responsibility of citizenship. I am asking the Brotherhood to join the Nation in remembering and celebrating the great American leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recommit ourselves to realizing his dream of equality and justice for all.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a Nation to rise up against discrimination, injustice, poverty and war. He believed that the most pressing challenges we face could be resolved through peaceful non-violent action. Dr. King also encouraged this country and the world to be relentless in defense of marginalized communities of our society. Believing that acts of service were the great equalizer, he stated, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
We are committed to honoring his legacy. That means recognizing the human dignity in all of the people we serve. It means protecting the right to vote for all of our communities. It means ensuring that those who serve are judged not based on who they are or where they come from, but rather what they have to offer to help defend this country. "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" On MLK, Jr. Day, Dr. King’s dream of a Nation of freedom and justice for all becomes every American’s dream as people throughout the country come together to answer his question.
Thank you for your service to your Chapter, to our District, and to our Fraternity. God bless you all as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Brother Kevin Brown
DR’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018 Message