Message from the Acting Director: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made our country a better place by helping to set it on a path toward greater tolerance, inclusion, and unity.  He devoted his life to the cause of extending basic rights to every American, and to building a stronger nation that would draw from the talent, energy, and creativity of all its citizens.

Few organizations stand to benefit as much as ours from the kind of diversity and inclusion that Dr. King championed.  We all know that achieving our global mission depends on attracting and developing officers from the widest variety of backgrounds and experiences.   But just as Dr. King saw the world as it was, even as he dreamed of a better future, so too must we be prepared to acknowledge how far we still have to go, even as we reaffirm our commitment to building a more diverse Agency.

As we honor Dr. King’s memory, I am grateful to the many dedicated officers here at CIA—from the recruiters and hiring advisors to the volunteer mentors and inspired leaders—who are striving to fulfill our shared goal of an Agency that takes the fullest advantage of all the human potential our great country has to offer.

 

Michael Morell