Southwest Airlines marks Black History Month

6 February 2014

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) said it is marking its commitment to the African American community by hosting a variety of activities throughout the year.

“At Southwest Airlines, we are constantly striving for ways to further develop our Culture that values the unique perspectives and talents of all our People,” said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines´ vice president of diversity and inclusion.

Southwest Airlines supports the African American Heritage Tour on Feb. 8 to promote education about and appreciation for African American heritage.

Southwest Airlines celebrates significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration during Feb. 22´s African American Pioneers in Aviation Day.

March 11 through16, Southwest will sponsor the National Black Law Students Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wis.

At the July 17-20, the NAACP Youth Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics Program in Las Vegas, Southwest said it will send students to compete in a year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students.

Southwest Airlines brings together African American women to learn about and celebrate empowerment through education, employment, and entrepreneurship at the September Urban League of Hampton Roads Women of Power Series.

Southwest Airlines proudly supports the National Congress of Black Women at their annual luncheon in September. The NCBW is dedicated to the educational, political, economic, and cultural development of African American Women and their families.

In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is the nation´s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

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