Martin Luther King Day

On Monday millions of Americans will come together to celebrate the birthday of one of our greatest citizens, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King is best known for leading the American civil rights movement and did so while always adhering to a strict approach of nonviolent civil disobedience.  His only goal, which seems so simple now, was that all Americans could live in a country where people are not be judged “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

So much has changed in the 49 years since Dr. King’s death, much for the better. But I think we all know that the push for equality is still not over.  At MSC we must remain resolute in our dedication to ensure that all our employees are provided the opportunity to succeed regardless of race, color or creed.

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We can look to the strategic themes and guiding principles of our MSC Voyage Plan to help guide us in our efforts to harness and develop a diverse, capable and talented workforce. We must maintain a climate that is free from discrimination and harassment and work to harness the diversity of our employees.

I truly believe that a diversity of backgrounds leads to a diversity of thought. If we’re to continue to get better as an organization we need the ideas and initiative that can only come from listening to our entire workforce, and I think that is how we can best honor the life and sacrifice of Dr. King.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

 

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