August 28th, 2013
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic I Have A Dream speech. We’re adding the voice of one of our own to the conversation.
I am a husband.
I am a father.
I am a community servant.
I am a professor.
I am a coach.
I am a writer.
I am a public speaker.
I am a business leader.
By now, you’ve probably made some assumptions about me: who I am, what I look like, how I might behave.
But no one looks like their story.
I am the Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson.
I am African-American.
The path to my position here at Johnson & Johnson first took root in the Civil Rights Era. It was a tiny seed, planted fifty years ago, with the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech as its backdrop.
I was just a little boy from the South Bronx, walking to school one day.
A Latino classmate ran up to me and said, “The President just passed the civil rights bill.” I said, “What is that?”
I was embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know.