Today is Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day in the United States. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz offers reflections each year on this holiday that I am pleased to share with you.
Here’s his note to employees shared by a FA friend:
Dear United family,
Fifty years ago, just months after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lost his life fighting for the cause of civil rights and social justice, those he left behind gathered informally around the time of his birthday, January 15, in town squares and places of worship around the world, to celebrate his life and legacy. From that first day in January 1969 to now, it has always been an occasion for people of goodwill to rededicate their lives to the cause for which Dr. King gave his life. At the United family, we will commemorate the occasion with special celebrations and events taking place throughout the system.
As we carry out the mission of United, we have a unique perspective on Dr. King’s message. We are as diverse as the customers and communities we serve around the globe. We daily connect people to the moments that matter most, helping unite the world. We constantly traverse borders and boundaries that once separated people from one another, embodying in our service the very essence of what Dr. King called “the inescapable network of mutuality.” We understand, perhaps better than most, exactly what he meant when he put pen to paper while a prisoner inside a Birmingham jail: that we are “tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
As we go about our work, serving customers of every background and belief, sexual orientation and origin, with each takeoff and landing we make, let’s remember the privileged role we play in strengthening that inescapable garment of destiny of which we are all part.
May all us treat one another with dignity and compassion this day and every day.