Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

October is Black History Month and this national celebration aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black history in general.

If your company fosters a diverse and inclusive culture, you should also celebrate Black excellence too. Black History Month is when you can dedicate a whole month to the people of colour in your company. It is time to celebrate the power and resilience of Black employees at work.

So, how can you celebrate Black History Month at Work:

Support Black-Owned Business

As a leader, you could start supporting passionate and underrepresented Black entrepreneurs. This is a great way to give directly to the Black community this Black History Month and in the future.

Investing your money in small Black-owned businesses is a positive form of economic empowerment.

Apart from making monetary contributions to such businesses, you can also discuss with your team and encourage them to shop online with businesses owned by Black people. By doing so, you can promote their business while also supporting a charitable cause.

Donate for a Cause

How about donating to the cause, we have listed a few non-profit organisations that work towards providing equal rights for the Black community:

  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Campaign Zero’ fight against police brutality that targets the Black community.
  • ‘Black Girls Code’ is an organisation empowering young Black girls to excel in tech through mentorships and instruction.
  • ‘NAACP’ is a historic organisation supporting the political, educational, social, and economic equality of the Black community.
  • ‘SisterLove’ is an AIDS and reproductive justice organisation that particularly focusses on Black women’s health.
  • ‘Trans Women of Colour Collective’ is a grassroots company supporting trans and gender-nonconforming people of colour in leadership roles.

Organise a Diversity and Inclusion Event

Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace is the best way you can support your minority workers. Many unconscious biases and workplace harassment directed at people of colour can result from a lack of education.

Thus, organising a diversity workshop around topics affecting the Black community will help your privileged workers become empathetic and considerate towards minorities.

You could hire an expert to talk over a Zoom webinar or invite artists from the Black community to talk about their life experiences. Such training programmes are beneficial to everyone and enhance employee engagement at work.

Be a Mentor

You cannot achieve success without help. To uplift and promote Black talent at work, you could become a mentor for a young professional, or a racial minority co-worker.

By showing your support through a mentorship approach, you can nurture future Black leaders who will challenge inequality at work and in their communities.

Organise Diversity Training Programmes

The best way to educate your employees about Black history and create an equal and safe working environment for everyone, is to deliver Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training for your employees.

Establish an Employee Resource Group

As a leader, all you need to do is leverage employee resource networks to curate educational workshops this Black History Month. There are plenty of companies with a resource group that highlights the lived experiences of the African diaspora. If you do not have an Employee Resource Group, Black History Month is the perfect time to introduce one.

Initiate an Anti-Bullying Campaign

African Americans or Black Americans are prone to bullying from schools to workplaces. When we talk about their struggles and oppression the first thing that comes into mind is bullying. And workplace bullying is a painful reality even in today’s progressive world.

This Black History Month why not start an anti-bullying campaign in your workplace and on social media. This is a step towards supporting equal human rights and standing against workplace bullying towards Black people and sexual minorities.

Share Black History Month Quotes

Sharing Black History Month quotes via emails, social media, or just decorating your office wall is a small, yet significant idea for your workplace to celebrate this remarkable event.

Quotes and sayings from famous Black leaders and historical figures are a sign of active participation and show that you care for every employee irrespective of their racial identity. Whether they are Black, White, or Beige, what matters is equal recognition and an amazing employee experience.

How Hallidays HR can help

If you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail, then please do not hesitate to contact us.