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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The following is the text of an email that all NASA employees received from our administrator Charlie Bolden in recognition of the holiday honoring the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I thought it was a really nice reminder of Dr. King's courage, and his message of hope, and how it ties to the ultimate goal of the work NASA is doing: making the world a better place for everyone.

"This year, we celebrate the 83rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth. Dr. King had a vision for a brighter future for all of us, and we've made much progress in the years since he was with us.

At NASA, we have a special perspective on our Earth and the ways we all share it. If everyone could see the unity of our planet from space, there might be less strife and division.



As always, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is an opportunity to follow Dr. King's example and find ways to make the world a better place by service in our local communities. I encourage you to participate in the National Day of Service to honor Dr. King's work and lift spirits by bringing good into the world. I hope you will take some time not only to reflect on how you can make the world a better place, but also perhaps to take some sort of action in your sphere of influence to make a difference.

Dr. King encouraged us to live with each other in peace, treat every human being with dignity, and work together for a better future. I believe that now, as in the 1960s, we have an opportunity to strive for a better world -- a world that is in reality as peaceful as it looks from space."

-- Charlie B.
(Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr., USMC Ret.
NASA Administrator)