Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: It starts with the power of one

graphic showing a smiling Natalye Paquin next to a photo collage and a quote from Dr. King

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”


- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dow ACTs (Advocacy, Community and Talent) was launched in 2020 and provides a strategic framework that outlines the set of actions Dow is taking to address systemic racism and racial injustice. As part of this work, we recognized MLK Day 2021 as an annual paid time off holiday in the U.S. for the first time ever.

To honor Dr. King on this day – we continue to ask employees to draw inspiration from one of his most famous quotes, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” With this sentiment, we are encouraging Team Dow to not just take this time “off”, but to make MLK Day a time “on” to reflect on events that have shaped our history and to give back to others through a day of service.

This year, to honor the life, legacy and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., GAAN invited Natalye Paquin from Points of Light for a courageous conversation on the attitudes, motivations and barriers to taking action in your own life to address the root cause of inequity.

Promoting equity and inclusivity starting with our community to honor MLK Day

Today, employees worldwide will come together to safely engage in community and remote volunteer opportunities and service-based learning efforts that include:

We recognize the work is not done, and we will continue to work to address systemic racism and racial injustice. On MLK Day and every day, consider the attitudes and barriers in your life that stop you from taking action. Harness the power of one to know how to ACT.


Ashley Foster, Dow’s Employee Global African Affinity Network (GAAN)

Natalye Paquin, president and chief executive officer of Points of Light