On Jan. 16, Marathon Petroleum (MPC) employees and members of PROMISE, our Black employee network, participated in the 36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Legacy Celebration in San Antonio, Texas, organized by the San Antonio MLK Commission.
The largest reported MLK March in the country, each year, thousands of people march together through the streets of San Antonio and participate in a celebration to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
MPC Renewables Compliance Supervisor and co-leader of PROMISE Sherita Shurelds participated for the first time since relocating to San Antonio in 2020.
“As a Black woman, mother and MPC employee, I was both honored and excited to participate in one of the largest MLK celebrations in the nation. It was invigorating to see such a diverse community come together and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. This was MPC’s first time serving as a Dream Keeper sponsor for the City of San Antonio MLK Commission, which signifies the investment that MPC is willing to make in the communities employees live and work,” said Shurelds.
“It was invigorating to see such a diverse community come together and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.”
MPC has several operations facilities and offices in Texas, including in San Antonio, El Paso, Houston and Texas City, as well as in many smaller cities, and was a Dream Keeper sponsor for the 2023 event. Our Marathon Petroleum Community Investment grant helped to support the event, the MLK Commission Scholarship Fund and other San Antonio MLK Foundation activities around the city.
Several MPC leaders walked alongside PROMISE members during the March, including MPC Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vice President Germaine Hunter.
“It was incredibly special to see so many people in the San Antonio community come together to support one another and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. It was a privilege for MPC to partake in this historic occasion and to help strengthen our communities on the MLK Day of Service,” said Hunter.