Welcome to Black History Month - 2022
Welcome to Black History Month - 2022. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. The Black History Month 2022 theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” explores "the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well."
We encourage you to read more and explore this incredible month of celebration and history!
Black Excellence in the Olympic Games
As the 2022 Winter Olympics begin in Beijing, we reflect on Black athletes excelling on and off their competitive grounds in the Olympic games and beyond. Being avid soccer fans, most of us love watching the summer olympics with the USWNT dominating the scene. In the 2020 summer games, Crystal Dunn was the only player on the roster to start all 6 games. One of the most indelible moments in Olympic history was in the 1968 summer games. Wearing beads and scarves to oppose lynchings and black socks with no shoes to highlight poverty, African American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos took to the podium during the October 16, 1968, Olympic medal ceremony in Mexico City to receive their respective gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race. But it was a single accessory—a black glove—and an accompanying gesture—a raised fist during the American national anthem—that sparked an uproar. From that moment, the two athletes would be vilified, threatened and, in some circles, celebrated. Click the links below to read more about Black excellence in the Olympics and be sure to tune into the 2022 Winter games all February!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 101
Welcome to Week 2 of Black History Month, 2022! To kick off this week, we encourage you to listen to this Spotify podcast from Porter Braswell as he tackles the question of Race at Work. This episode focuses on the differences between unconscious bias and a microagression, as well as defining diversity. Doug Melville, VP, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Richemont North America, joins host Porter Braswell to answer questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion that can be awkward to ask at work. They define the terms we hear so often, address common misconceptions, and share their personal experiences with race at work. In particular, minute 10:00 to 25:00 have an abundance of great information to listen to and think about. We encourage you to listen in and follow this podcast to listen to more episodes throughout the year!
Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
We encourage you to watch this TED Talk! Luvvie Ajayi Jones isn't afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. "Your silence serves no one," says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi Jones shares three questions to ask yourself if you're teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down -- and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.
History of Slavery in the United States
The 1619 Project launched in August 2019 with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, including essays and creative works by journalists, historians, and artists. The project illuminates the legacy of slavery in the contemporary United States, and highlights the contributions of Black Americans to every aspect of American society. In the years since its launch, The 1619 Project and the conversations it has sparked have expanded through new resources, including a podcast, a book-length anthology, and a children's book. Take 15- 20 minutes to explore the resource. If you have a subscription to the NYT Magazine, you can also view it in multimedia form, or click the link below.
Black Politicians who Ran for President
Before Barack Obama made history as the first Black President of the United States, many African American politicians before him actively sought the hallowed office. Despite their many obstacles, these ambitious and savvy men and women dreamed big, broke barriers and worked for the greater good of their community and humanity at large. Click the link below to read more about these 6 Black politicians who made an impact on the White House and beyond.
Not Diversity, But Equity
Click the link below to listen more to an important Ted Talk. Paloma Medina challenges our paradigm of diversity in the work place and in society with this eloquent, humorous talk. We need to do a “find and replace” in our vocabulary challenging the concept of diversity vs. equity.
Black Women's Player Collective
The Black Women’s Player Collective is made up of women in football who have come together to transform the game we see today for generations to come. We understand that when we play the game the world watches, and by changing the game for black women we can change the world. Through our collective power, perspectives and platforms we will shift the narrative and demand equity in a sport that was intended for all.
We have all played the game our entire lives and witnessed the inequity that persists within and out of it. Through each of our personal journeys we have all come to recognize the need to change the game for girls who look like us. We are over 50 professional athletes whose unique journeys all led them to this point of dedication to progressing the world of football because #TheGameNeedsHer
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