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5 Things You Can Do To Honor Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Black Americans. As we reflect on the triumphs of our past and look toward a more inclusive future, there is much for all of us to learn from the Black culture in America. By engaging with Black businesses, supporting cultural activities and events, increasing diversity within your own business, and advocating for equality, you can help make a difference in your community. Here are 5 things you can do to honor Black History Month.

1. Create an annual calendar.

To kick off Black History Month, create a simple calendar that displays the names and accomplishments of Black pioneers throughout history. Display it in your office lobby or break room so people can learn about those who have made a positive difference in the world.

2. Embrace social media.

Use social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter to share your company's plans for the month and encourage others in your industry or community to do the same. For instance, you could get together with other businesses, start your own hashtag on Twitter, organize awareness events, and even raise funds.

3. Create a "Wall of Inspiration."

A "Wall of Inspiration" is a display that highlights the accomplishments of Black professionals in your organization and industry. Creating a "Wall of Inspiration" will show your Black employees that you value their contributions, demonstrate to other employees the strength of your company's culture, and inspire up-and-coming Black leaders. You can also Shine a light on industry leaders in your space.

4. Hold a company-wide book club reading session.

If you don't already have one, start a book club, a diverse book club where employees discuss books about black history or current events that resonate with the Black American experience. Choose several books related to Black history and culture — fiction or nonfiction — and read them together over several weeks leading up to Black History Month (if possible). Then gather as a group to share insights, takeaways, and favorite book sections.

5. Host an open mic event.

Get employees involved by hosting an open mic event where people can share their thoughts about Black History Month and its importance for everyone in the workplace. Open mic events are a great way to spread awareness about diversity initiatives at your company. Diversity and inclusion are important aspects of a thriving culture, as they promote greater understanding across everyone involved. Take the time to talk about Black History Month in your own unique way, and be sure to get employees involved with an open mic event of their own.

Black History Month is an excellent opportunity to educate employees and customers while promoting diversity. And the benefits of honoring Black History Month can be felt throughout your company and community all year. If your business has an open mind, a willingness to get involved, and a desire to celebrate our shared history and culture, then we encourage you to take action.

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