In the 60th anniversary year of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, NNOA is honored to recognize and celebrate the birth of one of the greatest champions’ for civil rights, nonviolent protest and equality the world has ever known, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he stated what still rings true today, “So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

NNOA embodies Dr. King’s vision in its endeavor to ensure that all men and women in the Sea Services have an equal opportunity to succeed, advance and live up to the best of their abilities.  This nation is strongest when we stand together.  And as Dr. King profoundly noted, the nation’s freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.  And as so, success of the Sea Services is also inextricably bound to the equality and success of all of its members, regardless of race, sex, creed or sexual orientation.

Please take a moment to reflect what part you can or do play to honor his legacy and ideals, as we celebrate the 94th year of the birth of this great man and leader for equality.  Happy Birthday Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.