Equity: A core principle in finding tomorrow’s leaders

‘Black Voices from Big Brown’ shines light on perseverance of leading UPSers
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“Black Voices from Big Brown” has four themes – diversity, equity, justice and action – that shape the personal stories in the book. Throughout Black History Month, excerpts from the themes will be unveiled each week. This week we highlight equity.


When equity is an end, equity is the means.

Where equity presumes uniformity, equity assumes diversity.

While equity is something to which we aspire, equity is something for which we must take action.

To ensure equality for ourselves, we must secure equity for all.

Watch this video below on the power of equity.


Feature: Equity in Action at UPS

Thirty years ago, Malcolm Berkley made a decision that forever changed his life. As he considered his college options, the Harlem-based teenager was drawn to the legacy of prominent leaders who had graduated from Morehouse College, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Howard Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and Julian Bond.

But what Malcolm found most inspiring was the campus of nearly 2,000 students filled with young Black men focused on excellence, just like him. For the future English major, the decision was clear.

Today, Malcolm is president of media, investor and crisis communications for UPS, one of the thousands of successful graduates shaped by Morehouse College.

For the business world at large, there’s clear momentum toward a more equitable and inclusive society, accelerated by the events that brought social justice to the forefront in 2020. That is why UPS partnered with Microsoft before the 2020-2021 school year to distribute tablets to Morehouse College freshmen — a necessity for online learning in the age of COVID-19. Read Malcolm’s full story here.

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s imperative to continue to find ways to nurture the pipeline of leaders who will make our world resilient and responsive to the needs of all people. Included below is one way to get involved.

Support African American Education

Black Voices from Big Brown” honors the history of African American leaders at UPS and provides nuggets of wisdom for future leaders. Proceeds from the book will benefit the MARCH Foundation, which was founded by UPS’s first Black package car driver Ken Jarvis and several UPS retirees to support the education of African American youth.

The book (e-book, hardcover, paperback) can be ordered at www.blackvoicesfrombigbrown.com.

Remember to check back next week when the third theme in the book – justice – is unveiled.

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