Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – AACAP’s Dedication to Inclusivity and Mental Health

WASHINGTON, January, 15 2024 -- As we approach the national day observance honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it's an opportune moment to reflect on the values that this day embodies - equality, justice, and the pursuit of positive change. These principles are not only central to Dr. King's legacy but also resonate deeply with the mission of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). By observing this day, AACAP honors the memory of Dr. King and his encouragement for community service and actions supporting social justice and equality.

This day of remembrance is in harmony with AACAP’s steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, principles that guide our efforts in addressing the mental health needs of all children and families, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized communities. The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day aligns with AACAP's dedication to fostering a society where every individual, regardless of their ethnicity or background, has the opportunity to thrive.

In recognition of this significant day, AACAP’s office will be closed on Monday. This closure is a mark of respect for Dr. King’s powerful legacy and a reminder of our ongoing commitment to creating a diverse child and adolescent psychiatry workforce and a supportive, inclusive environment for children and families in all communities. By observing this holiday, AACAP reaffirms its dedication to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and the continuous improvement of mental health for children, adolescents, and families everywhere.