To celebrate Black History Month, Linde North America invited special guest Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans, to speak about the significance of Black History Month, the contributions of African Americans, and diversity and inclusion.

Guest speaker, Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans

Guest speaker, Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans

Source: The Linde Group

The presentation was held at the Linde Americas Headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and was sponsored by Linde’s employee affinity group, the African American Resource Network.

Pat Murphy, President of Linde-Americas said, “Diversity is one of Linde’s core values and is critical in our efforts to be a high-performance organisation, and we were honoured to have Marc Morial as our guest speaker.”

“As one of the most influential black Americans in America, he is an outspoken advocate of diversity and inclusion. We were privileged to hear his perspective on the vital role Black History Month has played in advancing those principles,” Murphy added.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognising the central role of African Americans in US history. Morial, who has 25 years as a businessman, lawyer, politician, and now leading the largest civil rights organisation in the US, addressed the reason for Black History Month and the impact it has had in revealing the accomplishments of African Americans throughout the history of the US.

Morial stated, “Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American, started what we know today as Black History Month. February was officially designated as Black History Month in 1976.”

“The basic reason for its existence is to highlight the positive results of African Americans in all walks of life. We need to learn about the contributions and the talents of all people. While Pat Murphy was introducing me, he said that diversity is not only the right thing to do, but is good business. I couldn’t agree more. Embracing diversity and inclusion is certainly the right thing to do, but it also provides the opportunity to assure that you are getting the best talent available to run and expand your business enterprise, regardless of religion, ethnicity or color,” he continued. 

Linde North America is a member of the Linde Group. In the 2015 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of $19.7bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide.