"During his imprisonment in the Birmingham jail, Dr. King wrote, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” Dr. King understood, and embodied, the noble principles that are the underpinnings of a heart committed to public service. During the emotionally charged period in which Dr. King lived and died, he retained his focus on the impact that accepted societal norms had on all.
"You and I serve those who are the most distressed in American society. They may be those who are homeless; those who are unable to make a downpayment to obtain homeownership; those who are elderly and poor requiring decent housing in which to live out their remaining years; youth whose present living conditions and future can be positively impacted by a HUD-funded summer employment program, etc. Irrespective of their need, you and I function as an integral thread in this “single garment of destiny” that shapes and forms their lives.
"Not many of us are destined to make the tremendous sacrifices Dr. King made. Yet, in many other significant ways, you continue to lay down your lives day-by-day.
Your commitment…your excellence of service…the care you demonstrate change lives…
"On behalf of those whose lives have been enriched by your dedication, thank you.
"On behalf of those whose lives continue to remain in the shadows of wholeness and completeness, thank you.
"On behalf of those who needed a hand-up and discovered that your hand was extended to them, thank you.
"I am honored to serve with you."
Donnetta McAdoo, Director
Office of Community Planning and Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development