Honoring the legacies of our civil rights leaders

Delivering what matters through a focus on justice and service
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“Black Voices from Big Brown” shines a light on the perseverance of leading UPSers and is dedicated to the late Congressman John Lewis. The book has four themes – diversity, equity, justice and action – shaping the personal stories captured within. These themes reflect UPS’s people led efforts within our company and the communities we serve.

Excerpts from the themes continue to be unveiled each week throughout Black History Month. This week we highlight justice.


Justice deserved should never be justice delayed.

Because justice delayed inevitably is justice denied.

But what if justice denied ultimately, finally could be justice delivered.

To deliver justice for each of us, we must demand justice for all of us.

Watch this video below on the promise of justice.

When UPSers come together

Injustice can often translate into a lack of economic opportunity, homelessness and other vulnerabilities. To move our world forward, justice has to be part of the foundation for change.

To support underserved communities across the U.S. in this spirit, The UPS Foundation organized a “Warm the Soles” sock donation drive on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through the end of January. Socks are the most requested item from shelters and people experiencing homelessness and hardship – and are particularly critical with resources scarce during the pandemic.

Through the campaign, UPSers collected 36,000 pairs of socks from 22 UPS locations and through purchases made through Bombas, a company with a mission to help the underserved.

The Air Region alone was responsible for 1,000 pounds worth of socks, delivering them Feb. 3 to Wayside Christian Mission in Louisville – almost fourfold the amount needed, allowing Wayside Christian to support other area shelters.

Learn more about how Bombas supports underserved populations in homeless shelters, schools and refugee camps around the world here.

Another way to support communities this month:

Support education of Black youth

Black Voices from Big Brown” not only honors the history of African American leaders at UPS, but the proceeds from its sale also benefit the MARCH Foundation. The MARCH Foundation was founded by UPS’s first Black package car driver Ken Jarvis and several UPS retirees to support the education of Black youth.

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

Finally, check back next week when the fourth and final theme in UPS’s book – action – is unveiled.

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