February 27, 2015
CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- To cap a series of celebrations for Black History Month, United Airlines this morning hosted one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, O. Lawton Wilkerson, at a packed event at the airline's headquarters at Willis Tower in downtown Chicago. Mr. Wilkerson joined fellow members of the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airman and several other guests for a celebration of African American involvement in aviation throughout history.
"At United, we support the rich diversity of ideas, experiences and cultures of our employees, customers and business partners," said Greg Jones, United's managing director of Diversity and Inclusion. "Diversity is a value that binds and inspires us to continuously improve who we are as a company."
Today's event was just one of several that United hosted for customers and employees throughout the month of February commemorating important figures, milestones and traditions in the African American community. A few of the celebration events included:
In addition to celebration events, United is proud to support organizations that promote and encourage African American heritage and education throughout the year, including:
To learn more about United's commitment to diversity and inclusion, click here.
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