January 31, 2023

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorses a specific theme. The subject for 2024, “African Americans and the Arts” explores how the African American influence has been paramount in the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression.

As we move beyond the pivotal moments the last few years have brought us, now more than ever employees are holding their companies accountable when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion—not just in February, but all year long. This serves as a reminder to continue to advance DEI work within our own organizations, serving as examples for our local, national and global communities. 

Black History Month should be more than a gesture on your company’s social media, but an opportunity for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to putting what we know to work—but how? Below is a list of resources we’ve compiled to help you get started.

Black History Month is a great opportunity every year to center celebration and positivity in often heavy discussions of race and equity. Make the most of this opportunity by ensuring it advances your DEI strategy in the same way your DEI work does year-round.


1. Forbes: Six tips to help your company celebrate Black History Month in a meaningful way

This piece offers six ways to celebrate Black History Month in the workplace in a way that ties directly into your DEI programming. Author Thaly Germain says this is an opportunity to revisit your goals and “inject the resources into making them a priority.” Read the full piece

2. Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History & Culture

There are plenty of resources throughout the Smithsonian’s website, both for personal learning or even to share with colleagues. Virtually, the offerings range from reading about, The 15 Year Battle for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to their latest exhibition examining Black religious life through a selection of photographs. Explore the full museum here

3. History.com: Origins of Black History Month

This resource specifically focuses on the origins of Black History Month while also explaining the annual theme in more detail. While History.com includes photo galleries and insight into civil rights pioneers, the majority of their information is surrounded by timelines and specific dates in order to fully understand the importance of celebrating Black History. Explore the full page

4. American Bar Association: Celebrating Black History Month

Each year the ABA offers unique resources to celebrate Black History Month. This year, the list includes a 4 part webinar series with Black Lawyers in America, a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge, and a panel discussion themed: “Women Fulfilling the Dream.” Explore the full list.

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Veronica Bocian