Tim Cook pays tribute to MLK 50 years after his death


Tim Cook
Cook shared his thoughts with students from Birmingham, AL.
Photo: Tim Cook

Tim Cook visited his home state of Alabama this week, and paid homage to American Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Cook also met with a group of Birmingham, AL high school and college students, and talked about the importance of the civil rights struggle, the need to learn coding, and answered questions about his own career.

“[Dr. King’s] teachings are timeless,” Cook told students at an event hosted by the Birmingham Metro Southern Christian Leadership Conference at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. “If you listen to him today, you feel like he is speaking about today.”

Cook has often spoken about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. In his office he keeps a photo of King, along with one of Senator Robert Kennedy.

Speaking with the Birmingham students, Cook said that while, “I don’t think any of us in this room are happy with where we are today … we can celebrate how far we have come. I don’t believe we would be here without [King].”

Shape your world

He called on young people to play an active role in shaping their world. “It is a special time in your life,” Cook said. “This is a period of time where you can change the status quo. Now is the time to do it. The world needs you more than ever to not be silent.”

Recalling similar comments his predecessor Steve Jobs once said, Cook continued that young people are, “not stuck with old dogmas. They are not fighting these ancient fights. They don’t accept ‘it’s never been done before.’ They don’t accept ‘it can’t be done.’ They don’t accept it ‘don’t work life that.'”

Answering a question about how to become a future Apple CEO, Cook responded that it comes down to hard work. He also talked about his love of his alma mater Auburn University, his thoughts on Auburn football, and why it is important that kids today learn to code.

“My own view is that everyone who is in school should have multiple years of coding before they graduate,” he said. “I think it is important that kids graduating understand the possibility of software.”

Source: AL.com


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.