01-19-2014 08:12 PM
Today, Jan. 20, USAA employees are participating in events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
In San Antonio, more than 600 employees and their families are marching in one of the largest King events in the nation. Employees in the Addison office are also participating in a march taking place in Dallas. Additionally, Phoenix employees are attending a breakfast jointly hosted by the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and the City of Phoenix.
USAA participates in these events because we consider diversity and inclusion important. Not only does a diverse workforce make USAA stronger, but we serve a military community that has sacrificed so much for the American ideals espoused by King — that “men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family.”
Employee perspectives on “I Have a Dream” and King’s legacy
Life Underwriting Associate
“I believe that a lot of Dr. King’s dreams are the same dreams my family and I have. Being a first generation Mexican-American and first-generation college student, I really feel a connection with his speech.”
Financial Advisor III
“My mother and my aunt were both at the speech … I always knew who Dr. King was. Growing up in a single-parent household, my mother inspired me through the great leaders of history … Dr. Martin Luther King was one of them.”
Executive Director, Bank Compliance
“In 1968, Dr. King came to Newark and spoke at my father’s church. It was a school day. I asked my dad if I could go, and he said, ‘Dr. King would not want you to miss school just to meet him. He’s going to be back in two weeks, you can meet him then.’ Unfortunately, Dr. King was on his way to Memphis, and he never returned.”
Senior P&C Staff Underwriter
“Dr. King gave his speech 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and he did that on purpose. Now, we’re 50 years after the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech … We can look at society and say that we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a way to go.”
USAA Board Chairman Gen. Lyles attended the Great March on Washington
“There’s this common linkage of values between what I heard from Dr. Martin Luther King on the 28th of August, 1963, what I saw in the civil rights movement, what I saw in my Air Force career and what I see demonstrated every day at USAA. The integrity, it’s the service to others, and there’s this excellence involved in the things we try to do for the members we serve.”
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