The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

by FedEx Global Citizenship Team

March 13, 2018

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion Comes From the Top

March 13, 2018

Memphis is home to the FedEx Global Headquarters, so it is fitting that FedEx play a key role in MLK50 – the observance of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed there is strength in diversity.

Similarly, FedEx believes an inclusive society is a stronger society, and our corporate philosophy is committed to that belief. That philosophy comes directly from the top – our founder and Chairman, Frederick W. Smith explains.

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    Jason Winik says:

    Lived in Atlanta for three years and visited Dr. King’s gravesite once or twice monthly. Each time I visit the city, I go there and walk around for a bit. More people need to be judged, as he said, primarily by the content of their character.

    VeLa Johnson says:

    It is great to see that we continue to honor the memory and the legacy of Dr. King.

    John Duchon says:

    Sounds like a meaningful initiative!

    Michael O'Brien says:

    I remember the events of 1968 so well, although I was only 11 years old at the time of his assassination. Rev. King has been particularly inspirational for me, standing up for something he believed in, something he believed in so strongly that he put himself in harm’s way to effect change. That is true love – laying down one’s life for your friends. I pray that we never forget his message, so eloquently expressed in his “I Have a Dream” speech, that we judge others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. That is a transcendental message that withstands the test of time.


    It is amazing to me that FedEx is honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King keep up

    Anita King says:

    I so look forward to volunteering for Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service via FedEx Cares. It is a privilege to work for a company that supports diversity! A day on not off.

    Lisa Hibbert says:

    Honoring the Legacy of Dr. King, for me is my spiritual foundation, humility, love for my fellow human being, no mater the race or background. My work ethic and daily life, are mirrored after Leaders such as my Parents and Dr. King. I am a proud African American Woman, because of the strength and the courage of Dr. King and many, many other longsuffering, Africans and African Americans, before and after him. Lastly,I am proud to work for a Company, that allows me to express such a sentiment. Thank you,
    Lisa Hibbert

    Mary Ann Schott says:

    Dr. King opened the gates to a GM factory job for this white woman who could never have gotten a job there before. I am forever grateful for my GM pension and so much more. He was brave, loved everyone no mater the color and gave this nation something to be very proud of. He paid for it with his life.

    Quavis Clayton says:

    I am a Minority but Today I have a great job working for a one of the top fortune 500 companies to have this opportunity to work for FedEx where the possibilities for growth are endless I am grateful an honored to be a recipient of all the hard work and vision he marched and unfortunately gave his life for thank you Dr. King for the sacrifices you made I would not be in this position without your vision and message thank you….

    Simone Smith says:

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was more then a man, he was a movement. He stood for a many great beliefs, that values, equality, love, and peace even in conflict could all be a part of change an growth of people. The most important lesson that I learned of Dr. Kings life, his struggles, and his untimely death, is to do the moral thing. It may not be easy all the time but it adds value to my life and my children’s life. I wish that on his anniversary we could all add acceptance of differences, love for our neighbors, and understanding to our daily actions. Thanks FedEx for not forgetting this great man and participating in remebering his great journey!!!

    VeLa Johnson says:

    It’s great to see that we still honor the legacy and memory of Dr. King!

    Amanda says:

    Dr. King, you were the man….

    Sidney Brown says:

    Had The Chance To Meet WWII Tuskegee Airman Pilot Colonel Charles McGee In Hawaii In 2017. I Thank Him For Paving The Way For Me In Aviation. I Can Only Imagine What I Would Have Said To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr If I Could Have Meet Him.

    Elvis Addae says:

    Dr. King defied the odds when he stood up for social justice, inclusion and civility for mankind. He made it possible for me and many others to enjoy the freedom to educate our children in the US. God Bless MLK and surely the “Dream Lives On”

    Norma Kirby says:

    Living here in Memphis, I was nine years old at the time Dr. King was shot. I remember my mother sat us all down together (13 children) and said “Ya’ll, they have shot King.” She squatted down near us, and we all cried. At that moment, all possibility for equality, fairness, and justice I thought was gone forever. However, as I now look back and look forward, things are not so bleak. There has been a lot of progressive changes throughout the world. I often feel there is a bit more that can be done to make individuals feel inclusive. Everyone wants the best for themselves and their families — good schools, good neighborhoods (safe shelter), good food, vacations, etc. WOW, to live the American Dream! We can all share in Dr. King’s dream — it’s enough to go around, and you may just find the world would be a better place to live.

    rowdy thomas says:

    I was 6 when he was assassinated and being a kid I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. As I got older and did my thought was WOW just because he had a different view of what America needed to be..thanks MLK

    French Pope , Jr says:

    I am so proud to be an employee of FedEx and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Montgomery County MD) chapter also know as the Monument Chapter where the idea of erecting a statue for our Fraternity brother in Washington DC.

    Betty says:

    I was 9 years old when Dr. King was murdered. I can visualize the very moment. I was on kitchen duty on Mr. V’s plantation in Mississippi and my mother screamed so loud I believe all of the world stood still. Though so many lives have been sacrificed for equality, today we recognize Dr. King. Dr. King vision is empowered by our stand for justice for everyone. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. MLK. I am committed to never hate anyone.

    Tony Smith says:

    I recall seeing Dr. King speak in Rockville Centre, NY on March 28, 1968 a little more than a week prior to his assassination. Sitting audience with my Great Grandmother and Aunt watching him interact with my Uncle Rev. Morgan M. Days. I sat there in amazement as his voice echoed throughout the auditorium. Every word clear and distinct and from the heart. When hearing of what had taken place on April 4th of that year everyone within our community wept as we all realized from our experience the week prior that greatness was removed from our lives, that his words were truly something to carry and live by for the remainder of our existence.

    Dawn Bess says:

    Very proud of FedEx for their day of service. Although the company doesn’t recognize this as a holiday giving their employees the day off, there are plenty of “work” volunteer events for employees to participate in.

    Kenneth Matthews says:

    Eventhough Dr. Kings influence and vision empowered us and spurned many changes in public policy, I feel his focus went beyond that. His focus was that people would submit themselves to God and be transformed in their hearts and minds. Without such transformation true change is a façade. God searches the heart of man. You can’t fool Him.

    Serenthia Bailey says:

    Remember that Love conquers all.

    Cynthia I. Hill says:

    What a great man, to give his life for what he believe in. We are not living up to this great man. Let honor the late great Dr. king by showing love, and respect to all people.

    BELLE says:

    My heart is so overjoy for the people who made a stand against prejudice and inequality. I salute those who came before Mr. King who gave their lives for America to be a just Country and other countries who people also gave their lives. We have still have more work to do by each person seeing wrong and to recognize it. Thanks FEDEX for acknowledging that.

    Tyrone S. says:

    FedEx is just an awesome company that promotes great things for every culture, and diversity; I’m 34 years in-thanks!!!!

    Contessa Dickson says:

    This is just one of a myriad of reasons I am ecstatic to be a part of THE FEDEX FAMILY. FEDEX shows why diversity matters, drives revenue, motivates employees, and encourages innovation.

    Tracy W says:

    Another proud team member honoring Dr. King’s life and legacy

    Cassandra Aleong says:

    Witnessing our current state of events makes it even more admirable that he was able to take a stand when the view point was not popular.

    Diane Washington says:

    I have a Dream Speech, still gives me goose bumps today. This man has inspired all races to speak up for what is right.

    Carmen Thompson says:

    I’m so happy to be apart of a company that took out the time to acknowledge such greatness! I was only 4yrs of age when his young life was cut short! But I have pasted what he stood for on to my son and were sharing,showing the dream to my grandson. Don’t look at this day as a holiday! Give back! Reach one teach one! Will keep this dream alive and not a nightmare!

    George Jones says:

    Dr. King was a dreamer and a drum major for justice. He inspired and uplifted people all over the world. His message(s) will endure the test of time. In order to honor his legacy, we must keep pushing forward.

    George Jones says:

    Dr. King was a bridge-builder, and I am glad that we are honoring his legacy.

    Tyrone S says:

    FedEx is just plain AWESOME all-around!!!!!

    Eliza D Royal says:

    Enjoying MLK Day. My great uncle Kearney was a sanitation worker during the civil rights era. Also, FedEx Employees in TN made the local news. I would like to get involved in future FedEx Service Projects, since I have not participated in a service project.

    Sandi says:

    What an inspiring human being

    Joseph Emmanuel says:

    DR MLK was a brave man he gave his life for the people to have the same priority specially in black power we’ll always remember you

    Martin Treder says:

    A kind hello from Germany, the country of MLK’s namesake Martin Luther who founded Protestantism some 500 years ago. They shared deep trust in Jesus Christ, and this made them achieve phenomenal things. Why not take these two Martins as your role models?

    Rosie Campbell says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. Very powerful and well written.

    Danielle W. says:

    This is beautiful story, and I could have read even more on this story. Thank you for sharing this moving piece!

    Jerry Page says:

    Great story and we work for a great company that is rich in history!

    Lisa Hibbert says:

    I am so thankful, this article was written. I feel blessed to have read her story. And proud, to know that she continued to follow and honor Dr. King’s legacy. You never know who your co workers are. Nor where they have been.


    Nita Mckay says:

    What a powerful read!

    Tasha Hamilton says:

    Loved reading about the relationship between Janas and Yolanda. Very well written!

    Priscilla says:

    Thank you FedEx for recognizing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Tracee Walls says:

    WOW! Storytelling at its VERY BEST! What a compelling, warm and powerful blog post. So proud of our team member and friend, Janas Jackson for having such a powerful influence and direct impact on a historical icon and movement.

    June Rodgers says:

    I have to brag that Janas is my cousin and for as long as I can remember she’s always been a gem — super smart, humble and always seeing the best in others. What a great story Pam. Well written and so enlightening. Congratulations to both of you fine ladies, and to FedEx for being a great company for diversity and inclusion.

    Randy Irving says:

    This is a great story. To see the reach and scope of FedEx team members and their impact is amazing. Having worked with Janas I am not surprised about the impact she was able to have on Ms. King.

    I hope everyone understands this is a message of unity and empowerment for all people. MLK50 is a commemoration of how Dr. King’s message helped improve this country for everyone.

    Pam Johnson says:

    Great story, Phyllis! It’s wonderful that Vivian is able to express her passion for history through her work at FedEx!

    Randy Irving says:

    Thanks for sharing. Ms. Montgomery does and excellent job of sharing this knowledge in an exciting way. We all benefit from this knowledge share.

    Jon Buss says:

    Throughout my life I have studied and wrote papers about the life and achievements of MLK. The level of respect I have for this true American is unmeasurable. He will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. His life will never be forgotten. Thank you MLK for all that you have done to shape who I am today.

    Janas Jackson says:

    June, thank you so much for your vote of confidence. I am equally as proud to brag that you are my cousin given the enormous and versatile talents you bring to FedEx and beyond. As always, you rock!!!!!

    Ramesh Singh Negi says:

    Dr. MLK always have leave behind a legacy to others how well they can do for the society by their diversity

    Mischelle Kelley says:

    Sitting at my desk crying….cause’ words cannot express my gratitude. If not for GOD!…If not for the sanitation workers, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. James Edward Orange, Alice Paul, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Walter Francis White and a many others.. I know that I wouldn’t be sitting behind a desk, BUT…the struggle is not over.
    I wish that I could see more unity on a daily basis in our communities, churches, schools, judicial system, board rooms, businesses, (etc.). We should be the example that we want to see. We should give more of ourselves to help others. Why not volunteer….I do.
    “We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, That All Men Are Created Equal, And Are Endowed By Their Creator With Certain Unalienable Rights, That Among These Are Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness.”(United States Declaration of Independence, July, 1776).
    FedEx thank you for this story and your humanitarian efforts over the years.

    Nicholaus McNeal says:

    Amazing job! Great read!

    Ralph Chigoya says:

    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character – Dr. MLK.

    The message from the top is not only inspiring, but soothing, practical and possible…not only in America….as the Visionary has said, but across over 400 000 team members across the globe…Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific & Africa!

    What a great message!

    Daron A Patterson says:

    Dr. King gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, justice, and equality for us all. His life has been an extreme inspiration to me in my life and I am so proud to work for a company that honors his legacy.

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