February is Black History Month.
What can or should you do? Here are some action-oriented ideas:
1) Educate Yourself
Find events in your local community to learn and support. The National Achives, Smithsonian, and other USG orgs created this comprehensive website.
2) Support Black-Owned Businesses
National: US Chamber of Commerce Directory
Local: TCM is based in Alexandria, VA. Our local tourism bureau, Visit Alexandria, created this helpful reference. We encourage you to seek out some in your own business community.
3) Elevate Black Voices and Leaders
Former President & CEO of Easterseals and current CEO of United Way, Angela F. Williams, shared this wonderful blog post -"Black History Month Calls us all to be Leaders in Love and Equality".
4) Learn About and Support Progressive DEIA Initiatives In Your Industry
For example, TCM is proud to support the U.S. Department of State. They are leading the way showing that diversity is America's core strength and should be recognized and celebrated. They recently published this "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026".
Other leaders such as Amb. Bonnie Jenkins, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, are tranforming the way their teams support implementing organisations and beneficiaries globally. Some notable recent initiatives from DOS/ISN under Amb. Jenkins include:
Promoting a diverse and inclusive pool of implementing partners
Diversifying the population of SMEs to deliver and lead engagements
Broadening participant pool to ensure access to resources and trainings
Promoting emerging leaders through advanced technical training and professional development opportunities
America's Charities shares notable national organizations
Seek out those who are making an impact in your industry. TCM is proud to support Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security & Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) in honor of Black History Month and the important work they do. You can learn more and donate here.
6) Lead With Action
Other notable websites with ideas for individuals and busineses:
TCM encourages everyone to approach this #BlackHistoryMonth with reflection and action.