Black History Month, Future

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Black History Month, Future

It's Black History Month, which means that it is more important than ever to reflect on the incredible contributions of Black Americans in every field—and think about what we can do to build a more equitable society for tomorrow.

Antoine Andrews

February 1, 2022 | 2 min read

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history is like a tree without roots.” —Marcus Garvey,

Here in the United States, February is celebrated as Black History Month.  Growing out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black people across the diaspora and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.  For the past 46 years, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. From Black people's arrival on North American shores in 1619 to today, in any and every measurable and meaningful way, you will find Black labor, innovation, imagination, service, leadership, and sacrifice in every aspect of life here in the United States. Indeed, Black History is American History. 

At Momentive, we’re lucky to have work to do that also aligns with our values. We empower users to support organizations that they are passionate about by taking surveys on the Contribute platform. The organizations on the platform consistently inspire me. Operation HOPE, which works to disrupt poverty for disenfranchised youths and adults, Greenlining, which fights for racial equity in health, economics, and energy, and Black Girl Ventures, which funds women of color founding companies, are three groups that consistently fill me with respect and appreciation. 

We also recently introduced Workplace Equity IQ, a solution that combines AI with expert input to help companies understand their employees’ lived experiences. It’s designed to help businesses get a deep understanding of what their employees believe, feel, and need and get tangible strategies to improve DEI. Like Contribute, Workforce Equity IQ gives us an opportunity to help build the better, more equitable workplaces that we want to see in the world.

Marcus Garvey’s words above remind us that understanding history is what grounds and steadies us. Further, an appreciation of history is how we can move forward.  At Momentive, we shape what’s next. Relative to Black History Month, this means us spotlighting, partnering, amplifying, and empowering organizations, activities, and individuals that are supporting a more equitable, inclusive, and just world for Black individuals in the United States and around the world. We honor Black History Month by recognizing our past and by taking action to build a brighter future. My hope is that you join us.

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