Today at Berkeley Lab

Director’s Message on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As you know, Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. On this holiday, we remember and celebrate the civil rights leader and the movement he led, which took place a century after the Civil War. As Coretta Scott King has said, “We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles.” His words are as meaningful today as they were when he spoke them.

Enjoy the holiday on Monday, and perhaps take the opportunity to speak with your family about what it means for all of us.


  1. I loved you all for putting out graceful notes like this; i really believe in Dr. King’s message; as we begin to start our New Year, let us all show each other Love, peace, respect and happiness towards each other no matter what your skin color maybe, we still bleed the same. LOVE YOU ALL.

  2. I heard his nephew speak on the radio today, asking that we observe the holiday not with celebration, but by doing any kind deed for another person. Thank you Dir. Witherell.

    Peace+Love, Amanda

  3. Thank you Dr. Witherell! And thank you for the suggestion to discuss this with our family members. We appreciate your acknowledgement of Dr. King’s message.

  4. It’s important to hear someone in leadership nowadays condoning Dr. King’s message of peace and brotherhood. Thank you, Dr. Witherell.

  5. And the intense yearning is still there, for us to become a nation where people “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character…”