Apple CEO to receive human rights award in Birmingham

April 2, 2018 GMT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is being honored by a civil rights group in his home state of Alabama.

Cook will receive the 2018 Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Metro Southern Christian Leadership Conference for his advocacy for equality and safety in the workplace.

The organization will present the award at a banquet on Wednesday in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

King was the founding president of the SCLC in 1957.

Cook will also participate in a student symposium about civil rights, education and innovation at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham.

Cook was born in Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University. He has been chief executive of Apple since 2011.