"It's important to understand the challenges and contributions of a culture because it helps us to understand who we are as a country," said David Huntley, senior executive vice president and chief compliance officer. "Supporting the preservation and recognition of this history and rich culture is also important to AT&T."
AT&T history is also African American history.
Alexander Graham Bell hired African American inventor Lewis Latimer in the 1800s. He developed the drawings necessary for the first telephone's patent.
AT&T has set out to become the world's premiere integrated communications company. And diversity continues to be a vital part of our success:
- We share a commitment to student success in school and beyond. AT&T Aspire, our signature philanthropic initiative that focuses on education, as well as our involvement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country help to see this commitment through.
- We contributed or directed more than $177 million to organizations and projects that strengthen the African American community through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs over the past 5 years.
- Our diverse programming lineup competes well with that of major pay TV providers in the U.S. It includes more than a dozen African American owned-and-targeted networks.
- AT&T spends billions with African American suppliers and ranked No. 1 in DiversityInc's 2015 "Top Companies for Supplier Diversity."
- African Americans make up nearly 20% of the AT&T workforce, 13% of management and 15% of the board of directors.
"The opening of this incredible museum marks a key moment in time for our country," said Huntley. "It's something we can all be proud of."
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About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we've passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.
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