American Airlines CEO Doug Parker attended a wedding over Memorial Day weekend…for a very special Southwest Airlines flight attendant he met while on a flight to Dallas earlier this year.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, The Wedding Guest
I outlined the story here. In short, Parker flew Southwest because American Airlines was full. Onboard, he was reading a book called White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. A Black flight attendant onboard named JacqueRae Hill, not knowing he was the CEO of AA, struck up a conversation with him on the book.
At the end of the conversation, he told her he was CEO of American Airlines, shocking her. Turns out her mother works for American Airlines at Washington National Airport.
The two stayed in touch and shortly after the conversation onboard had dinner together with their spouses (or in the case of Hill, with her fiancé).
Over the weekend, Hill married Rashard Sullivan with a wedding in Dallas. Parker was an invited guest and attended.
Posting a picture of the bride and her mother on Instagram, Parker noted:
Last weekend, I had the honor of attending the wedding of JacqueRae Hill and Rashard Sullivan.
JacqueRae is a flight attendant I met a year ago while traveling on @southwestair. She started a courageous conversation with me about race in America and it’s one I’ll never forget. She continues to be a light that guides me as we work to tear down barriers that create systemic racism.
JacqueRae’s equally wonderful mother, Patti Anderson, does excellent work for @americanair and our customers at DCA. Thank you, JacqueRae, for including me, and my family, on your magical day. And thank you for the example and inspiration you provide to me and so many others every day. I wish you and Rashard all the best!
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I know that many of you did not buy into the story in the first place. I did…I still do. When in doubt, I’ll give others the benefit of the doubt. It’s a nice bookend to a nice story. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan.