Apple honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on its homepage

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Apple honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on its homepage

  • 2015-02-13 12:34:31
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News / Mobile phones Apple honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on its homepage

Apple seems to have just updated its website to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr. on Martin Luthur King day (MLK day), which happens on the third Monday of every January.

The note on the website says:

Today we reflect on the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr. and the work that continues in service of the broader concerns of humanity.

Other than the menu at the top which has links to the Online store, Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Mac etc, Apple has removed all other references to their products on the homepage, which is quite nice.

Apple has been criticized by some people for not observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an official holiday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or MLK Day is a federal holiday in the U.S, which means government offices are closed. But some companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo give employees the day off.

It has been felt that Apple may be undermining the credibility of its diversity efforts by not giving MLK day as a holiday, and highlighting Martin Luther King, Jr.’s importance.

I not trying to defend Apple here, but giving a holiday to pay tribute to someone just seems superficial. It is more important that Apple continues to improve the diversity in the company, and I believe Tim Cook is one of the CEOs in the tech industry who is sincerely committed to diversity in the workplace.

Update:

Tim Cook has just tweeted:

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