PRSA Puget Sound Honors Black History Month
PRSA Puget Sound’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Celebrating and honoring this Black History Month coming after the year of civil unrest due to racial injustice has made writing this blog post much more meaningful for the D&I committee.
It was the ‘Bloody Sunday’ march on Selma in which then-25-year-old activist John Lewis, led over 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, that galvanized the fight against racial injustice in 1965. In the same manner, the Black Lives Matters protests which demanded systemic change against racially motivated violence have spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism within their societies. Ironically the fight still saw the 17-term congressman marching for equality until his final march, when he was laid to rest.
With the Black Lives Matters movement being nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for its struggle against racial injustice, a global effort to fight inequality has sparked an insurgence of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives that will hopefully build a long-overdue bridge to equality in our lifetime.
In the spirit of President Gerald Ford who officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history” we plan to do that this month and throughout the year as we bring curated programming from esteemed thought leaders across multi-industries and discuss best practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Join us during Black History month as we will profile Black Small Businesses impacting inclusion in, and around the Puget Sound and help us as we celebrate and explore the Black History Month theme -The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.
The D&I committee is proud to host a Black History Month event featuring Shanita Baraka Akintonde, MBA, M.Ed., DTM, past chair of the national D&I committee on February 26, 2021. More details to come.