As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we asked our employees to share some of the quotes from Dr. King that have inspired them over the years.  

Rise Above

Domonique, a Director in our Atlanta office, shares a quote that has always inspired her, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

Watch Domonique’s video, below to hear more about what this idea means to her.

Doing for Others

Tony, a Senior Manager in our Metro D.C. Office shared this story:

At the start of my career, I saw very few individuals in leadership positions that looked like me.It was a constant struggle fitting in and connecting with others at work on a social level. I stood out. I wondered how I could succeed in a highly professional workspace where there was no one for me to look to.

So, I made a choice to be that person for others within my company.

Since then, I have volunteered for several recruiting opportunities at Protiviti, connecting with potential interns to discuss the values and benefits of our company. In addition, I have worked internally to set up team building activities to meet up with new employees of color to act as a sounding board and mentor. Recently I received a card from one of these mentees saying, “Thank you, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without your helping hand.” Knowing that I am helping others is what keeps me inspired, I will continue to be an advocate for students and interns of color looking to grow within this profession.

Tony’s favorite quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. is: “Somewhere along the way we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.”


In her video, below, Cara, a Manager in our Houston office weaves together a series of her favorite quotes to form a narrative about responsibility and accountability. Watch Cara’s video to hear more about the danger of being passive when it comes to topics that make us uncomfortable, exemplified in Dr. King’s quote: 

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting it is really cooperating with it.”

We Shall Overcome

Domonique also contributed her thoughts on what Dr. King would say if he were here today.  She believes he would focus on “change” with a nod to the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, “We shall overcome.” Hear more from Domonique.

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