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Message from the Director: Honoring Dr. King and His Legacy

Statement to the Workforce from D/CIA Brennan Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

January 17, 2014


On Monday, America will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his essential role in building a more just and tolerant country. Dr. King’s supreme ability to see the truth and convey that vision to his fellow citizens—with clarity, eloquence, and feeling—is part of the extraordinary legacy he left us all. Our Agency has no higher duty than to capture the truth and impart it clearly to those we serve, and we deeply admire the courage and integrity of his example.

Dr. King was forthright in presenting the facts that many did not want to hear. He spoke from direct experience, having seen the harsh reality of Americans abusing the rights and dignity of other Americans. He went wherever his message was needed most, contributing the power of his words and actions to the struggle against racism, discrimination, and violence.

As plainly as Dr. King saw the problems facing our Nation, he recognized its limitless promise. He devoted everything he had—his mind, his voice, and, ultimately, his life—to helping our country make good on its founding proposition:  that all men are created equal.

On this Martin Luther King Day, we at CIA reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of equality and inclusion that Dr. King championed.We are dedicated to attracting the very best talent from the widest variety of backgrounds and developing a diverse staff of officers optimally suited to carry out our global mission.

I offer my thanks and appreciation to our recruiters, mentors, managers, and everyone else who is helping our Agency build a more diverse and capable workforce—one that reflects Dr. King’s fondest hopes for our country.


Posted: Jan 17, 2014 11:12 AM
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014 11:12 AM