We all can help fulfill the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, Argonne joins the country in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a day for each of us to—as declared in the proclamation marking the first MLK Day observance 30 years ago—reflect on the “prophetic,” “uncompromising” and “majestic” words and works of Dr. King.
A Nobel Peace Prize winner, civil rights leader, humanitarian, minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King is remembered not only for his commitment to equality, but also for bravely putting his words into action without violence. Dr. King, as the proclamation so eloquently stated, “challenged us to make real the promise of America as a land of freedom, equality, opportunity, and brotherhood.”
All of us here at Argonne have the power to continue fulfilling that promise. Our scientific discoveries help make our country a land of opportunity and freedom—prosperous, sustainable and safe.
And as we join each other on the important journey to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce at the lab, we help to realize a kind of equality that not only increases the impact of our research, but also enriches us all.
In a sermon he delivered just a couple months before his death, Dr. King asked that at his funeral, his awards and honors not be listed but instead that he simply be remembered for his work to “love and serve humanity.”
Each of us has the privilege to serve humanity and, as Argonne employees, part of our service is working together to fuel scientific and engineering advances that improve the quality of life. I am pleased to work alongside each and every one of you, today and every day.