Office of the President: Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy

Dear UT Health San Antonio community:

The third Monday in January marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. holiday and the only federal holiday observed as a National Day of Service. Dr. King sought to raise the public consciousness about unfair treatment and discrimination, which led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are presented with an invaluable opportunity to reflect on the enduring legacy of a remarkable leader whose tireless efforts paved the way for a more just and inclusive society. Dr. King’s vision of equality, justice and unity is an enduring inspiration, challenging us to work toward a world where compassion triumphs over prejudice.

On this MLK Day, let us come together as a community to commemorate the life and contributions of Dr. King. His teachings not only shaped the Civil Rights Movement, but also continue to resonate as a beacon of hope and a call to action. As members of UT Health San Antonio’s community, we are uniquely positioned to uphold and champion the principles of equality and respect for all.

In observance of this significant day, I encourage everyone to take a moment of introspection, fostering a deeper understanding of the importance of Dr. King’s message in today’s world. Consider engaging in activities that promote dialogue, empathy and unity within our community.

Additionally, we invite you to participate in MLK Day events organized by local community organizations including the City of San Antonio’s MLK March, hailed as the largest MLK march in the country. These events serve as powerful platforms for learning, reflection and collaboration, reinforcing our shared commitment to creating a more understanding and inclusive society.


William L. Henrich, MD, MACP
President and Professor of Medicine


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