To close out Black History Month strong, our President prepared a video for our partners at Let’s Detroit.
In their “Celebrating Black Young Leaders” video series, Darvell explains the motivation for his work, and how Black History Month should inspire, motivate, and pave the way for more Black achievements and new history to be made all year long.
We hope your Black History Month is going well and you’ve been learning and keeping safe. We are continuing to look ahead with positive anticipation of having events this summer. Until then, if you’d like to get out you can find low risk meetups posted to our Meetup page periodically. We also have a few announcements below and upcoming events from CRIO!
Additional to periodic meetups, our communication cadence will increase and we will be begin periodically notifying you of Black-targeted development, employment, and business opportunities in our emails. Specifically these will included job and industry networking opportunities from our community partners. In the past these were limited to special interest groups within our paid membership. This will now be expanded to all mailing list subscribers with certain follow-up processes only being available to paid members. If your business or organization would like to submit an opportunity being specifically curated for a Black demographic, we’d love to help spread the word. Just contact us.
Black History Month is Recharge Month
Also, while we’re here, we would like remind everyone, just as we stated in Juneteenth 2020, that our holidays and ancestors not only want us to remember them but to also remember and carry forward the fight they waged. Wither it be remembering Rebecca Lee as the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree, or Loretta Lynch as the first African American woman U.S. Attorney General. They made history and as a result we can achieve even more on their shoulders. We remember their achievements to propel our community and ourselves on to the next one.
2020 was a tumultuous year which we couldn’t have predicted with a crystal ball. Yet somehow you still managed to make it this far. Before the pandemic, BYP brought you very timely events on Black Politics and Personal Financial Management, both of which turned out to be invaluable later in the year for many members. Take the lessons and inspiration from those events and continue to make your own history as well.
The Forgotten Story behind the Statue of Liberty
We’d also like to share with you one interesting piece tied to Black history that is actively trying to be left unspoken. Thankfully, the new Statue of Liberty Museum came to the rescue…
The Statue of Liberty was created to celebrate freed slaves, not immigrants.
The broken shackle and chain at the foot of the Statue of Liberty are often forgotten symbols celebrating the ending of US Slavery. However, they were largely rejected by Black media as being “meaningless and hypocritical” as Blacks continued to suffer increasingly under major oppressive forces in the country including the retraction of Reconstruction.