Bridgewater, N.J., U.S., February 14, 2017 – To celebrate Black History Month, Linde North America invited special guest Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans, to speak about the significance of Black History Month, the contributions of African Americans, and diversity and inclusion. The presentation was held at the Linde Americas Headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and was sponsored by Linde’s employee affinity group, the African American Resource Network.
“Diversity is one of Linde’s core values and is critical in our efforts to be a high-performance organization, and we were honored to have Marc Morial as our guest speaker,” said Pat Murphy, President of Linde-Americas. “As one of the most influential black Americans in America, he is an outspoken advocate of diversity and inclusion. We were privileged to hear his perspective on the vital role Black History Month has played in advancing those principles.”
LBlack History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Morial, who has 25 years as a businessman, lawyer, politician, and now leading the largest civil rights organization in the U.S., addressed the reason for Black History Month and the impact it has had in revealing the accomplishments of African Americans throughout the history of the U.S.
“Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American, started what we know today as Black History Month. February was officially designated as Black History Month in 1976,” said Morial. “The basic reason for its existence is to highlight the positive results of African Americans in all walks of life. We need to learn about the contributions and the talents of all people. While Pat Murphy was introducing me, he said that diversity is not only the right thing to do, but is good business. I couldn’t agree more. Embracing diversity and inclusion is certainly the right thing to do, but it also provides the opportunity to assure that you are getting the best talent available to run and expand your business enterprise – regardless of religion, ethnicity or color.”
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