American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Southwest Airlines flight attendant JacqueRae Hill have evidently kept in touch since having an emotional discussion about racism on a Southwest flight this this spring.
“This weekend, my wife Gwen and I had the pleasure of having dinner with JacqueRae Hill and her fiancée, Rashard Sullivan,” Parker wrote in a LinkedIn post on Monday.
At the time of their first meeting, Hill was fed up and feeling defeated by the racial unrest gripping the country.
The 38-year-old Dallas woman, who is African American, ended the day in high spirits thanks to a 10-minute conversation sparked by a book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism,” by Robin DiAngelo, in the seatback pocket of a passenger in row 25 on a flight to Florida.
“It changed how I was thinking and what I was thinking,” Hill said in an interview with USA TODAY at the time. “It’s just been such a blessing to me.”
The passenger: Parker, the white CEO of Southwest rival American.
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