The killings of George Floyd and countless others highlight the continued injustices experienced by Black Americans. Their deaths underscore the history of violence and racism Black people still face.
Black lives matter and we have a moral and business obligation to engage on this fundamental issue of equality and fairness. Our CEO John Stankey has committed to put AT&T resources and leadership towards initiatives that we believe can move the needle on advancing economic opportunity, overcoming systemic educational barriers and law enforcement reform, and we will do so for as long as it takes. We will drive change through the following actions:
Advocate for systemic change
We'll work with civil rights organizations, law enforcement, elected officials and other businesses on the local, state and federal levels to push for change to address injustices in law enforcement. In the Summer of 2020, AT&T agreed to lead a new Business Roundtable (BRT) initiative of top CEOs to push for public policy changes to deliver equal justice outcomes for all. This marked a shift in the business community at a national level, but it also laid the groundwork for advocacy at the state and local level.
Randall Stephenson joins conversation on racial equality with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others
Randall Stephenson op-ed: the mandate for equitable justice: an open letter to our federal, state and local elected officials
Tell the story
WarnerMedia is supporting this effort by telling important stories about racism and the lack of racial equality.
Drawn to Change, featuring 12-year-old granddaughter and activist of MLK Jr. Yolanda Renee King, premieres Jan. 16 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Get a rare look into the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in “King of the Wilderness” documentary on HBO Max
Watch the CNN10/AT&T Youth Voices Collective tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring students from the Harvard Diversity Project
Cartoon Network launches anti-racism PSAs to help families have productive conversations about racism
HBO documentary films In production on a two-part documentary SEEN & HEARD, exploring and celebrating Black television and voices in entertainment
HBO is also making Notes from the Field and Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas available for free on YouTube
Listen to one another
At AT&T and WarnerMedia, we recognize we are people first, and if we all commit to listening, understanding and taking action to stand for equality, we will be one step closer to building a truly inclusive environment.
To build on that theme, we are continuing the work we began four years ago to encourage employees at every level to engage in open, authentic dialogue around racial equality through leadership town halls, team meetings and programs like Dialogues of Understanding and DINE.
Make a difference
Our society doesn’t work if it doesn’t work equally for all. Across the country, we’re working with many civil rights organizations. Additionally, we know there is much more that must be addressed when it comes to racial inequities across every facet of society. We are continuing to work diligently in our communities to address education, workforce and other needs of underserved communities, including the Black community. We will continue to learn from our employees, the community and other businesses, and we’re committed to keep listening and working to ensure we live true to our value to stand for equality.
To help close digital divide for nearly 17 million students, AT&T offers discounted wireless data plans with free wi-fi hotspots and makes $10 million commitment to help underserved communities
WarnerMedia expands content innovation program OneFifty with additional $500k for to seed issue-focused creative ideas from communities who often go unheard
We’re working with many civil rights organizations, including Color of Change, National Action Network, National Urban League, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Equal Justice Initiative.
Staying the course on our commitment to equality and police reform
As this unprecedented year comes to an end and we look to what will hopefully be a brighter 2021, we must not waiver in our commitment to economic equality and equitable law enforcement across the nation.
AT&T offers discounted wireless data plans with free wi-fi hotspots and makes $10 million commitment to help underserved communities
AT&T is offering discounted unlimited wireless data plans and content filtering services to more than 135,000 public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities across the country for a limited time.
AT&T offers nearly 2,300 scholarships to online academies
AT&T expands its commitment to economic opportunity for black & underserved communities by offering scholarships to online academies Udacity & Coursera.
AT&T supports the Commitment March in Washington D.C
AT&T stands in solidarity with those leading the Commitment March this week in Washington, D.C., and those who have lost loved ones to police brutality.
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