Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


January 13, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The third Monday of January each year, our nation celebrates and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of the most influential Americans throughout our country’s history, we remember Dr. King’s fervent activism for justice and efforts in fighting racial oppression both in the United States and abroad. We also honor Dr. King as a champion of the working class and an advocate for fair wages, safe working conditions, and security in retirement.

While we enjoy a day off from work, it is important to acknowledge that this holiday is not just a time for leisure, but rather a National Day of Service. The true purpose of this holiday is to honor Dr. King through giving back to our communities and supporting those who are in need.

In the spirit of service, I urge you to seek out opportunities within your community to help those who are less fortunate, such as volunteering with organizations that provide resources to vulnerable communities, local youth, or immigrants. For those of us in the Washington, DC area, I encourage you to attend this year’s MLK Peace Walk and Parade. If you are limited by time or mobility constraints, you can donate to local organizations, research the teachings of Dr. King, or attend virtual events, such as those presented by The King Center.

Your union is committed to fighting for justice not only in the workplace, but also in our communities across the country. I ask you to join me in this fight, because of the power and influence we gain through solidarity. Through solidarity, we can achieve justice for generations of future working Americans.

In solidarity,




Randy Erwin
National President
National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM)