When the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. is rescheduled, FedEx will join people from around the world for the ceremony. An early and proud sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation, FedEx donated $1 million to help erect the memorial and is a cosponsor of a luncheon celebrating “Women Who Dare to Dream” during the week building up to the dedication. The official dedication occurs on the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech.
This is the culmination of an historic project to honor the ideals of peace, hope, democracy and equality, for which Dr. King stood. Over forty years ago in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and equality. Today, we still vividly remember the words and actions of the man whose legacy has inspired generations. As a Memphis-based company, FedEx is proud to keep alive the dream of Dr. King and salutes his legacy.
FedEx believes in diversity and inclusiveness, values reflected in our workforce and our commitment to community support wherever we have a presence. This commitment to diversity is reflected in our U.S. workforce where more than 26% of management personnel are minorities and more than 40% of all FedEx employees are minorities. More than 40 percent of our U.S. team members are minorities with more than half of the management team having risen through the ranks of the company. FedEx also proudly supports numerous national and local organizations and programs that promote human rights and equality in our communities, like the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, the landmark that houses the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. King’s death in Memphis, and supports scholarship funds that help minority youths access educational opportunities.
The $1 million donation reflects the FedEx commitment to diversity and appreciation for the sacrifices and accomplishments of Dr. King in his quest for freedom and equality for all Americans. Our contribution is also an investment in the educational and cultural value of a landmark that will continue to inspire visitors for generations to come. As a Leadership Donor, FedEx is proud to have its name engraved on the “Donors Wall” at the Memorial site