Black History Month 2021

By The Members of Kindred’s Inclusion and Equity Council

In February, we celebrate Black History Month in the United States. This is our opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Black Americans who have helped shape our country’s history, growth and culture. Black history is American history.

Black history is rich with examples of overcoming obstacles and breaking barriers. It’s a history of countless unique achievements that have made an indelible impression on our country. And it’s a history that amplifies the many stories of perseverance and bravery that make America the glorious melting pot it continues to be.

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month is rightfully a source of pride for many and offers an opportunity for enlightenment for others. But, we would all be well-served to view it through the lens of Kindred’s Core Values, especially Respect Individuality to Create the Team and Do the Right Thing Always. As we have seen firsthand over the last several months when our nation has wrestled with the pain of inequity and racial injustice, aspiring to uphold those values – and doing the hard work required to address disparities that still exist today – helps ensure that our future will be better than our past. 

Here are seven ideas to help you celebrate Black History Month:

  1. Review the timeline of Black History Month.
  2. Learn about some of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.
  3. Read a biography of an influential Black figure.
  4. Virtually visit the incredible Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.
  5. Host a virtual poetry reading.
  6. Learn the lyrics to Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.
  7. Support Black-owned businesses.

We hope you find ways to celebrate and recognize Black History Month throughout February with your friends, family, and colleagues. And, like all history, we hope its lessons inspire and enrich us all.

By The Members of Kindred’s Inclusion and Equity Council