Today is the beginning of Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. History. It is also a time to reflect on the important work we all must keep doing to achieve equity and social justice.
As an agency, we are committed to actively engaging in diversity, inclusion, and cultural competencies throughout our organization. Throughout the month, we will celebrate influential individuals and share continued learning opportunities on our social media channels.
We have assembled a short list of resources and opportunities to participate in throughout Black History Month and beyond and we hope you find these valuable as we work together in continued education and conversation.
Attucks: The School that Opened a City – documentary (available through WFYI)
In this 2 1/2 minute video interview, the late poet Maya Angelou talks about the impact of mentoring in her life
How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them (TED Talk)
When They See Us (Netflix)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
Now Is the Time to Offer Solidarity and Support to Young People of Color – The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram Kendi
BlackPast.org is an online reference guide to African American history started by University of Washington history professor Quintard Taylor, which includes a section dedicated to providing resources for mentors.