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Celebrating Black History Month 2022
Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month. Black History Month is…
Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month. Black History Month is a time for organizations and individuals to recognize Black Americans' central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
Initially, Black History Month was a way of teaching students about Black and African-Americans’ contributions and history. Such stories have been largely forgotten and are a neglected part of the national narrative, making it important for a dedicated time to get a clear picture of our history. February was chosen by historian Carter G. Woodson for the month-long observance as it coincides with the birthdates of former US President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer Frederick Douglass, who both played a pivotal role in ending slavery.
This month is a time to learn and honor individuals, from historical figures like Robert Sengstacke Abbott, Ella Baker, and Mary McLeod Bethune who have shaped our society with their words, to people like Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat who have created some of the most profound art. Today we can look toward and appreciate the new generation of young Black Americans who are currently shaping our society like Lil Nas-X and Serena Williams.
Over the last three years, Fueled has made it a pillar of our hiring program to work towards building a team that accurately reflects the world around us. That means increasing our headcount of groups who are statistically underrepresented in tech, including Black communities. Currently 10% of Fueled team members are from underrepresented groups, with our goal being 20% by 2023.
This month, Fueled is donating to Black Girls Code, an organization that introduces young women of color to skills in computer programming and technology, with the goal to close the opportunity gap for Black women and girls. We encourage you if you have the resources to also make a donation to their organization or one of these other organizations some of our team has donated to:
To learn more about Black history month and the history of what it means to be Black in America, we have put together this list of resources for you to look through in order to learn more about our history.
- African Americans Who Shook up the World (The Undefeated) by Kevin Merida Illustrations: Robert Ball
- Black History Month (History Channel) by History.com Editors
- Seeing Black History in Context (New York Times) By Erin Aubry Kaplan, Contributing Opinion Writer
- Honor and Learn This Black History Month by Adrienne Gaffney
- Black In Business: Celebrating The Legacy Of Black Entrepreneurship by Ruth Umoh & Brianne Garrett
- I know why the Caged bird sings By Maya Angelou
- Zami: A New Spelling of My Name By Audre Lorde
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
- Invisible Man By Ralph Ellison
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander
- Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement By Angela Y. Davis
- Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois
- Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills
- Assata: An Autobiography by Angela Y. Davis
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low by C. Riley Snorton
- Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
- Hidden Figures
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
- 42 on Netflix or Amazon
- Remember the Titans
- The Butler