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What will you do to bring about unity among our people?

“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going.”   Maya Angelou

Black history is American history, and it is our responsibility to cultivate ways to engage with it. We must ensure that everyone has the opportunity to draw inspiration and wisdom from African American elders. Each year at this time gives us an opportunity to deepen our knowledge, understanding, and engagement with the experiences of Black Americans, their triumphs, and the challenges they currently face.

We must tell stories that reflect our complex and difficult past—to help us shape a better collective future. Though America may be rich in diverse history, our society has often been poor in representing that history.

Part of observing Black History Month is acknowledging where our nation has fallen short of supporting our Black community members and working to better our nation for all its people. The events surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are reminders of injustice that still exists in our country. In the wake of these tragic events, we need to work to better understand our friends, employees, and the communities we serve to develop a course of action that would have a long-term, lasting impact on positive change.

Throughout this month, take time to enjoy these meaningful, and socially-distanced ways to observe Black History Month!

  • Support Black-owned businesses and restaurants.
  • Enjoy and promote Black art, film, and literature.
  • Create a playlist of Black musicians to jam to during workouts or work-from-home.
  • Engage in healthy conversations about Black mental health, online and in-person.
  • Visit a museum with a Black History exhibit.
  • Welcome and engage in honest, meaningful, and respectful conversations about race, systemic oppression, social justice, and equality with family, friends, and coworkers.
“Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave.  I rise. I rise. I rise.”
                                                                                            —Maya Angelou

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