This is the month dedicated to celebrating centuries of African American contribution to society. During Black History Month this February, Macy’s is hosting a series of events celebrating the influence of black culture on America, and you won’t want to miss out.
Black creativity has been inspirational to American culture for generations. In celebration, Macy’s is inviting a dazzling array of stars from literature, spoken word, fine art, food and music. Celebrity guests will share how creative self-expression and pride in their heritage have shaped their careers.
“Macy’s is once again thrilled to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to our nation with special events in our stores,” said Kristyn Doar-Page, Macy’s vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies. “Macy’s values the diversity of all of its customers, and inclusion and respect are at the heart of our core values. We are happy to join with our associates and customers nationwide in honoring the legacy of African-American achievement during Black History Month and beyond.”
The stars Macy’s has invited this year in celebration of black achievement will truly dazzle you. Grammy-nominated R&B artist BJ The Chicago Kid performed the national anthem preceding President Obama’s farewell address. “The Read” podcast host and writer Crissle West will join other emerging stars in conversations focused on the influence and impact of black culture on all facets of American life. Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, Streetbird Rotisserie) had the honor of planning the Obama Administration’s first State dinner and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards, including “Best Chef New York City.” He will be sharing some of his favorite bites at Macy’s events in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
“Insecure” and “The Game” TV actor Jay Ellis expressed his gratitude, “to be among those Macy’s has selected to discuss the powerful impact artistic black voices are having on today’s American culture.” Said Ellis, “There couldn’t be a better time to come together to talk about the strides we have made and the road ahead.”
Finally, Macy’s announced its national ambassador for Black History Month 2017: Saul Williams. A rapper, spoken-word poet, actor and activist, CNN called Williams the “poet laureate of hip-hop.” Exclusive video performances and interviews are featured on macys.com/celebrate.
“I am very glad Macy’s is furthering the discourse around artistic self-expression in black culture,” said Williams. “As a performer who uses words to bring attention to social justice causes, I feel it is paramount to stimulate engagement and awareness through our words and our art.” You can listen to Williams performing his powerful poetry in the clip below.
At each of the Black History Month events, Macy’s customers will have an opportunity to meet and greet with event talent. For additional information on Macy’s Black History Month festivities, please visit macys.com/celebrate.
Macy’s Black History Month events will be held at the following stores:
Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s City Center (Philadelphia) – Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s State Street (Chicago) – Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Thursday, Feb.16 at 7 p.m.
Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Friday, Feb.17 at 7 p.m.
Macy’s Aventura (Aventura, FL) – Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
Macy’s Metro Center (Washington, D.C.) – Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m.