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New York State Comptroller DiNapoli Statement on Martin Luther King Day

January 19, 2015

The Rev. Martin Luther King’s life mission was to bring equal opportunity for all people in employment, education and civic life. His dream was a country where every one of us would be judged by our actions and abilities, not the color of our skin.  In the decades since Dr. King’s tragic death in Memphis, we’ve made great advances toward racial equality in this country.

Today we honor the Rev. King’s memory, but acknowledge that more progress needs to be made. There remain some areas of society in which minorities and women lag in terms of wages and opportunities.

Changing this won’t necessarily be easy, but anything that is truly worth attaining rarely is. Martin Luther King recognized that transformation would not come without struggle. That still holds true. Today, let's remember his amazing work, legacy and hope for a bright future for all.