This February, Macy’s celebrated Black History Month across the United States with A-list appearances, eye-opening panels, and important conversations. Read about all of the exciting events and activities below.
Macy’s kicked off Black History Month by welcoming Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, a civil rights activist, minister, and author. He talked about the importance of open conversation, explaining that, though human beings are entitled to being angry – and there are plenty of things that we could be angry about – we need to respond mindfully to the anger, because, “you cannot hear the other person if you are shouting.”
Macy’s Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles welcomed the co-creator, writer, and Golden Globe-nominated star of HBO’s “Insecure,” Issa Rae, and Clevver entertainment host Emile Ennis Jr. At Herald Square, we welcomed Emmy-nominated actress and equal rights advocate, Laverne Cox. Both conversations explored black history as it relates to innovation in showbiz, celebrating those who are undeniably transforming American culture.
It’s never too early – or late – to prepare for college. On Feb. 21, The Mason, Ohio chapter of ONYX hosted an information session with Dr. Pamela Ellis, a nationally recognized educational consultant known as “The Education Doctor.” She provided tips and advice for strengthening academic skills, building an activities resume, choosing and applying for colleges, seeking financial aid, and thriving in the first year of college.
As part of the Coalition of Black Excellence Week, tech companies across the Bay Area came together to celebrate the people and the organizations making an impact in communities of color.
On Feb. 15, the San Francisco chapter of ONYX asked: How do instances of colorism in media impact what we value, and does it have an impact on our business? Representing just one story from each diverse group is not enough. The group explored what it means to achieve diversity within diversity, deciding that, “It’s not only about having ‘diversity’, it’s about how we value diversity.”