Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vice Chancellor Navarro encourages the UCSF community to reflect on Dr. King's legacy and engage in activities offered by the Multicultural Resource Center.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968

Dear UCSF Community, 

On Monday, January 15, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This federal holiday, designated a national day of service, offers us the opportunity to self-reflect in private and come together in community as we honor Dr. King’s legacy. 

Current local, national, and global events are highly stressful for all of us. Social injustice, war, and a contentious political landscape seem to surround us. As an organization dedicated to improving health and reducing suffering, this can be deeply dispiriting. 

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we can look to Dr. King’s words and actions for inspiration. Dr. King’s example provides us with ways to navigate through the current moment while maintaining our belief in the possibility of a better future for all. 

To celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, I encourage all members of UCSF to participate in one of the community events and engage with the resources listed on the Multicultural Resource Center website.

Separately, I invite you to view some of the efforts across UCSF in service of health equity, belonging, and justice.  

Together, we can carry forward Dr. King’s legacy.


Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity and Outreach Officer
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care

UCSF Anti-Racism Initiative

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