On Marc’s Mind: Martin Luther King Jr. and Service to Others

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in honor of his memory, dedicate ourselves to the ideals of service.

As Dr. King so eloquently said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

The question makes me think of our Mission. The work we do in the service of our customers and society at large has never been more important than it is today as we partner to respond to the pandemic.

These efforts include the donation of 10,000 test kits to the city of Berkeley, California, to be used for the Bay Area’s homeless population. And our work with non-governmental organizations around the world has improved access to testing for people in low- and middle-income countries.

Through the Just Project, our partnership with the historically Black colleges and universities in the U.S., we are providing free COVID-19 testing to students, faculty and staff.

I must also acknowledge the many contributions of our colleagues around the world who are giving back to their communities in innumerable ways. Whether through the collective work of our Community Action Councils or through our Matching Gift Program, so many of you continue your good work in service of others.

Dr. King inspired a movement founded on respect between people with different views. He used peaceful means to bring equity and justice for all. He challenged us to be our best and urged us to act with compassion for those who often lack access and opportunities. 

May today challenge us to remember and reaffirm the values he spoke of, and may they strengthen the importance of our Mission to enable our customers make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. And may we all show compassion for one another.