U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EEOC Leadership Provide Comment on the Occasion of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday, 2016

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked tirelessly for freedom, justice, and equality for all people. His efforts were instrumental in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the impetus for the formation of EEOC.  Every day, we honor his memory through our work combating discrimination in the nation's workplace. As Dr. King said, "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
- Jenny R. Yang, Chair 

"Today, as our country honors the life and deeds of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I call to mind his statement that, 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'' It is my hope that on this day of remembrance we take the opportunity to reflect upon the message of Dr. King's words as we begin a New Year.
- Constance S. Barker, Commissioner

"Engraved on a hallway at EEOC is this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' How true. I am proud that the people of the EEOC carry out the spirit of the great Martin Luther King every day, by investigating and remedying employment injustice wherever it arises."
- Chai R. Feldblum, Commissioner

"As guardians of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the monumental legacy of Dr. King looms large over our mission and work here at EEOC. Today, and every day, we celebrate Dr. King, and strive to live up to the ideals and higher purposes that his life and work stand for."
- Victoria A. Lipnic, Commissioner

 "Dr. Martin Luther King has said"[W]e have an opportunity to make America a better nation,'[1] and '[I]f we will but do it, we will bring a new day of justice and brotherhood and peace.'[2] The 87th anniversary of his birth is a chance to recommit ourselves to achieving that new day. I am grateful for the work of the dedicated men and women of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and look forward to continuing our efforts to advance workplace equality in 2016.
- Charlotte A. Burrows, Commissioner

"Today we honor Dr. King, an American giant whose nonviolent struggle for justice and equality contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights law. While we have made significant progress toward fulfilling Dr. King's dream of living in a just and inclusive society, there is much more work to be done.  Let's embrace Dr. King's call to action to make his dream a reality."
- David Lopez, General Counsel


[1] I See the Promised Land, Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968.

[2] Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., March 31, 1968.