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MDCR Director James E. White Issues Statement Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

LANSING, MI - Today, Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director James E. White issued the following statement to commemorate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to encourage those who carry forward his legacy.

"These are trying times – times not all that different in tenor and tone from those when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a movement that would change the world. It is easy to become discouraged, to feel like we are watching as fifty years of progress toward building a more just society evaporates like the dew. It is precisely now that we must hold firm to the foundation he and the millions who followed him built for us to stand upon. One of the most profound messages Dr. King left us is this: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ The march toward justice can be an agonizing journey of inches, punctuated by sudden leaps of progress that seem to come out of the blue, but which in reality are the result of long years of pressure building to a point where the ground under our feet can no longer hold. You may not feel the movement beneath you, but hold strong. You are bending the arc of the moral universe."

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. It also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to


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