The Dream that Changed America


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 2014

To Lockheed Martin U.S. Employees:

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ‘60s and a great American.

Dr. King’s dream of a nation that valued all individuals for the content of their character inspired millions and changed the course of history. His tireless commitment to peaceful yet powerful social change became the hallmark of the Civil Rights Movement, and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and Time magazine’s Man of the Year honors.

Dr. King’s words remind us that the true measure of our integrity is shown in how we respond to adversity. Today we salute Dr. King and all of the individuals who stood up in a time of great challenge to advance the causes of freedom, justice and equality. 

Thanks to their efforts, those values are woven into the fabric of the American ideal. I’m proud that Lockheed Martin is supporting those values by embracing diversity and inclusion, and striving to create an environment where all employees can reach their full potential.

Please join me in celebrating the contributions of one of our greatest leaders, and in helping to carry forward Dr. King’s dream.


Marillyn A. Hewson,
Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer
Lockheed Martin