What is one way your company celebrates Black History Month?
To help companies find ways to celebrate Black History Month, we asked business owners and DEI leaders this question for their best insights. From hosting Black History Month trivia to hosting a lunch and learn session, there are several ways companies celebrate that may help your business honor Black History Month for years to come.
Here are nine ways businesses celebrate Black History Month:
Black History Month Trivia
TeamBuilding celebrates Black History Month by offering a BHM virtual team trivia event. The questions and challenges in this game pay tribute to the achievements of Black trailblazers and highlight lesser-known history and cultural facts. Teams enjoy spending time and competing with coworkers, yet learn more about the Black community in the process. In addition to offering these events to clients, we also host the event internally for our staff and give the winning team the ability to choose an on-theme charity for a company donation.
Michael Alexis, TeamBuilding
Don’t Limit It to a Month
In honor of Black History, not just Black History Month, we highlight a story in Black History at the beginning of each month. Rather than sharing those stories that we all know and learned in school, we highlight lesser-known stories, stories that are especially impactful and expand our knowledge. By doing this monthly, we continuously weave Black History into our culture.
Nicole Roberts, MVAH Partners
Annual Magazine Issue
Rwebel Media celebrates Black history with an annual magazine issue dedicated to Black people in the community. Last year, we highlighted Black businesses and artists. This year, we will focus on Black media. Overall, our goal with our Black history magazines is to highlight the beauty in Black creativity.
Javanna Plummer, Rwebel Media
Market a Documentary
At Shipp Media Group we volunteer on projects that enhance the history of Blacks, impacting the world. This year we are in the process of marketing a documentary that follows the migration of slaves from the south to Oro Medonte Canada where the first black church was formed. Years before the underground Railroad. These slaves became free Canadians and also fought in the war of 1812 and others.
James Shipp, Shipp Shape Media Group
Host a Speaker Series
Here at LiveRamp, we make it a priority that our employees be able to celebrate everything about themselves, not just their job. To that end, for Black History Month we have an amazing lineup of events. One event that I am looking forward to is our speaker series that addresses various issues that affect the Black community. During which, we’ll discuss the STEM & Tech industry at large as well as “Black Mental Health.”
Andrew Washington, LiveRamp
Elevate and Celebrate Team Member Stories
In celebration of Black History Month, Exos is featuring team members who have their own unique stories that align with Exos core values. This series will come to life in content both externally on social media, as well as internally. We’ve also announced our first Scholarship fund sponsored by our BIPOC Employee Resource Group, The Exos BIPOC Scholarship fund. We look forward to elevating and celebrating the stories of our team members throughout the month and activating internal and external opportunities to engage in our community.
Michael Lasswell, Exos
At Medtronic, we celebrate Black Excellence and Black History this month and throughout the year.
We’re celebrating the spirit of ingenuity, triumph, and reverence as we dedicate the 2022 Black History month to shining a light on the many ways African Americans show up in our careers, communities, and families.
I’m particularly excited about our Medtronic Foundation 2:1 Employee Matching Gift Fundraiser for Thurgood Marshall College Fund and select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) during our dedicated HBCU Week!
Our African Descent Network is also hosting a company-wide keynote event on Celebrating Black Excellence. We’re hosting a conversation with actor, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Hill Harper around how we embody black excellence, pivotal moments in his life and career journey, and what motivates him and encourages others.
It is memorable when we intentionally come together to foster belonging among Black and allied employees. I’m grateful.
Phoebe Swan, Medtronic, PLC
Poetry Out Loud Series
Cable One strives to cultivate an environment that values and respects diverse cultures, experiences, and viewpoints. To that end, the company’s Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board is honored to host a series of associate-led events throughout the month of February in observance of Black History Month.
A weekly “Poetry Out Loud” series will feature associates reciting works by African American poets. The company will also hold several thought-provoking panel discussions focused on the 2022 Black History Month theme of “Black Health and Wellness.”
These events follow a successful 2021 Black History Month program, which included weekly discussions on films including “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Loving.”
By engaging associates throughout the Cable One family of brands in the planning and hosting of our I&D events, we find associates develop a sense of belonging and connection with one another and to the company.
Kamana Khadka, Cable One, Inc.
Lunch and Learn Session
Cohesity’s Diversity Council and Black Cohesity Network designed several engagement opportunities for our employees to shine a light on Black authors and food to celebrate Black History Month. We are excited to host John Graham for a live Lunch and Learn session that employees can attend to discuss his book and its key themes. Graham’s book, Plantation Theory: The Black Professional’s Struggle Between Freedom and Security, is available to all employees with our Scribd subscription. And since food is something that brings everyone together, we are hosting a cooking class with Chef D. Arthur, who will be teaching our Cohesians how to make braised jerk chicken and cabbage, celebrating Black culture with food.
As a Black, gay man newly joining the Cohesity team as the Director of Corporate Recruiting and Diversity, I am humbled by the past’s sacrifices, which paved the way for many of us to have the right to do what we love.
Lamar Martinez-Daniels, Cohesity