AT&T's David Huntley on Living the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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(Originally published on ATT.com)

I was asked to share my thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death as part of AT&T 28 Days – History By Us campaign. Here they are.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We've all heard the tragedy of Dr. King's murder from an assassin's bullet at a Tennessee hotel in 1968. But to fully appreciate its impact, you must understand the time.

David Huntley, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer at AT&T

While the fight for full social, economic and legal equality continues to this day, the environment in Dr. King's day was far different. The struggle and threat more immediate. Despite this, Dr. King and others chose to carry the mantle of freedom during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. As one of the movement's chief architects, Dr. King inspired us ALL to believe in a better future for ALL. By 1968, African Americans had gained substantial legal achievements, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968.

Imagine the hope as folks from all backgrounds banded together to achieve and celebrate these and other milestones.

Now imagine the overwhelming sense of intense pain when news broke that a gunman had murdered Dr. King.

I was 9-years-old the day Dr. King was assassinated. Like all children that age, I wasn't yet fully aware of the environment in which I lived. All I knew was that when my brother was my age, he couldn't visit Playland Park, an amusement park in our native San Antonio.

But on that day, my innocence was lost. I witnessed the people closest to me react in a way completely foreign to me.

Upon hearing the news of Dr. King's murder, my mother dropped to her knees in the kitchen, her fervent prayers struggling to break free of her aching sobs. My father, a man known for his peaceful sensibilities, sat in a silent rage. The air around him burning. On that fateful day in 1968, we didn't just lose an icon. We, along with the world, lost a family member.

Dr. King's assassination left us all to ponder some very difficult questions. What now? What did this mean for our future? Was all hope lost? Did the dream die along with him?

The answer was a simple, but emphatic, "No."

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For my family and so many others, that hopelessness was replaced with a purposeful resolve. Dr. King's death would not be - and never would be - in vain. We accepted that it was on each of us to use, defend and develop the rights Dr. King had died fighting for. It's a gift and responsibility we must value and apply every single day.

We've spent 50 years trying to make sense of Dr. King's murder. Over that time, America has made incredible progress in the fight for equal rights. But there is still much more to be done.

To understand where we're going, we must understand where we've been. So, as we celebrate Black History Month, I ask that we remember not only Dr. King's death, but his work, legacy and the values he and others stood for.

Remember the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Remember the March on Washington. Remember Selma. Remember all the struggles that banded us together to overcome what seemed to be insurmountable.

Let's never forget. Let's continue to move forward. Let's keep working together. Let's not go back to that time!

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AT&T and U.S. Air Force Academy Collaborate to Explore Advanced Technologies

Formal 5- Year Agreement Aims to Help U.S. Air Force Keep Pace With, Acquire and Use Commercial Technology.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

AT&T: How to Build a Culture of Learning

Instead of only providing employees with classroom and web-based training, we're also supplementing those resources with relevant content from social and digital platforms, like social media channels, podcasts and video platforms.

By Jennifer Robertson

Originally Published by AT&T.

Last year, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman visited AT&T. During a conversation with employees, he emphasized the importance of continuous learning for employees and employers to succeed in the age of acceleration.

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