Apple Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Homepage Tribute

Apple today has commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full homepage tribute on the company's website. The image on the site is accompanied by a famous quote from the African-American civil rights leader, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly expressed his admiration for Martin Luther King, Jr. in the past, telling journalist Charlie Rose that he keeps photos of Dr. King and politician Robert F. Kennedy in his office at Apple.

"I had the — just tremendous respect for both of them, and so I do," he said. "I look at them every day because I think for people — there’s still too many cases in the world and in the United States where there’s a class kind of structure or where voting or people are trying to convince each other that this other group of people don’t deserve the same rights. And I think it’s crazy, I think it’s un-American."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King, and many employees in the country are given the day off. Last year, in lieu of a paid day off, Apple pledged to donate an additional $50 for each voluntary hour worked by employees on MLK Day.

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Top Rated Comments

macguy360 Avatar
87 months ago
Good question Apple. Here I'll answer for you.

Running tax avoidance havens out of Ireland while hiring the cheapest labor I can source from China while selling products at the highest possible point in the U.S. Oh wait, you meant to ask what we're doing for other people that aren't shareholders?
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SqB Avatar
87 months ago
Just love seeing people drop in on every thread anymore to drop the "Tax Turd" and move on. This, perhaps, is the result of poor education or sheltered world view. Either way, it's getting old.

Every public, for-profit corporation has the responsibility to its shareholders/stakeholders to use every legal means possible to protect it's profits while reinvesting in itself and providing a return on investment. Apple goes far beyond that by voluntarily donating significantly to charities and organizations that make a real difference in the world.

Voluntarily donating extra money to the US federal government, or other governments, by paying taxes they are not legally required to is not a donation I'd personally like to see companies like Apple make.

And if you can't see the reason a gay man from Alabama has a picture of MLK on his desk, you need to go back and study the civil rights movement.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Thunderhawks Avatar
87 months ago
Good question Apple. Here I'll answer for you.

Running tax avoidance havens out of Ireland while hiring the cheapest labor I can source from China while selling products at the highest possible point in the U.S. Oh wait, you meant to ask what we're doing for other people that aren't shareholders?
Please add all the other companies which do the same, so it's a little bit more fair.
I'll give you Pfizer to start.

AND, while we are at it, please post the laws Apple is breaking by doing what they do.

Then add the politicians and countries who pass the tax codes, labor laws etc. and we have a start.

Ye Apple! Inpirational quote of the day! "What are you doing for others?" - well you are avoiding tax in Ireland to the tune of like 8 BILLION and you sell overpriced products with minimal change year on year to maximise the profit of the richest company ever created! Well done guys, Apple is the modern day mother Theresa!!! Oh.... wait....
Please educate yourself instead of spewing non facts. They are being investigated. That's all for now.
Of course only AFTER many many years of doing the same as other companies.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
87 months ago
Apple should be doing more of these.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sim667 Avatar
87 months ago
Now maybe if they made their executive board a bit more diverse they could help continue what MLK started.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sim667 Avatar
87 months ago
So sick of oppressed Identity Politics.
I'm so sick of racism, but hey ho....... we can't all get what we want eh?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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