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Celebrating Black History and the Innovators Who Made an Impact

By Denise Irving | Feb. 4, 2021

We are proud to celebrate and honor Black History Month. We continue to learn our history, celebrate achievements, and make time for recognizing Black Americans' central role in U.S. history.

Isolated view of Emancipation statue near the state capitol building set against brilliant blue sky.In 1925 a bold idea by Carter G. Woodson sparked the tradition of celebrating black history. Woodson was an innovator even before we labeled what an innovator was. That year, he announced “Negro History Week.” After 50 years and during the civil rights movement, the week-long celebration expanded to a month and today we are celebrating 96 years since its inception.

The black heroes of our past -- and there were many -- from Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Woodson, and beyond brought forth the beginning of equal rights as we know them today. Let us not forget educators, physicians, poets, storytellers, farmers, servicemen, and hardworking average people that also pushed and fought for basic human rights. Their work should not be forgotten; MUST not be forgotten. 

“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.” ~Rosa Parks

We hope you enjoy celebrating Black History Month, and continue honoring the trailblazers and visionaries of our past and present. If you’re looking for diversity and inclusion keynote speakers who are bold, innovative thinkers, and ready to move your organization forward, please visit our Diversity Page.


Written by Denise Irving
Denise is new to our team, she has an adventurous side, is an outdoor enthusiast hitting trails for runs and races anywhere she can with her companion, Stella, she also loves yoga and cooking. She is extremely passionate and committed to environmental and human rights issues and is the secretary for the Board of Directors for the Shenipsit Striders, a non-profit dedicated to trail stewardship programs in Connecticut and beyond.

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