CEO Message: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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CEO Message: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 10, 2023

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies,
education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech,
Oslo, Norway, 1964.
Dear Melwood Family,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Nearly 55 years after his death, his vision and writings continue to inspire people all over the world.
Millions of Americans rejoiced in 1983 when the federal government designated his birthday as a national holiday. The first official nationwide observance took place three years later.
In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, Melwood’s campuses in Prince George’s County, Charles County, and Arlington County will close at 3:00 PM on Friday, January 13th and will be closed on Monday, January 16th.
As we celebrate his birthday, I hope that you will join me in reflecting on his legacy and redouble our efforts to build a more inclusive and equitable world.
Have a safe and healthy holiday.   
Warmest regards,
Larysa Kautz
President and CEO

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