Celebrating Black History Month
Honoring Black Contributions
Avalon is celebrating Black History Month in lots of ways and our DEI Task Force wanted to share the content we’re watching and listening to, the virtual events we’re loving, and the thought-provoking articles we are discussing. Please explore, enjoy, and share this list!
Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list of all available resources. What else should we take a look at? Let us know!
Check out Avalon Clients Celebrating Black History Month
Avalon is proud to partner with organizations that honor Black History Month. Check out the incredible resources some of our clients are offering this month:
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture has an incredible lineup of public programs available online. They include Joyful Fridays that invite kids to explore creativity and embrace emotions through art, a session on how to uncover information about enslaved ancestors, a discussion about race and medicine, and so much more. And check out the discussion with Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on their book, Four Hundred Souls, for which they invited 90 talented writers to document the 400-year journey of African Americans. Watch the video here.
- The American Air Museum in Britain is spotlighting unsung heroes for Black History Month and ensuring that their stories are heard.
Listen to These Podcast Episodes
NPR’s Code Switch:
“What’s In A ‘Karen’?”
NPR’s Life Kit:
Harvard Business Review’s Race at Work podcast:
Mastercard’s Former Chief Diversity Officer Donna Johnson: Advancing Company Culture
Explore These Black Artists and Their Stories
- This virtual museum exhibit, 28 Days of Black History, features a different work each day for the 28 days of Black History Month. Each day curators will share an introduction to a moment in Black history exemplified by the art, literature or artifact featured for the day. And they’ll include discussion questions and action items to dismantle anti-Blackness in your community. You can sign up to get a daily update. And don’t worry, if you sign up today, you’ll still get the full 28-day tour, it will just continue into March for you!
- The Art Institute of Chicago hosts the stunning quilts of Bisa Butler, which reimagine historical narratives of Black life. The artist and her DJ husband created a coordinated playlist to pair with each quilt and other works in the museum’s collection. Check out this unique experience!
- Black Art: In the Absence of Light is a powerful HBO documentary that showcases art by African Americans over two centuries. The film works “to demonstrate that Black artists have been making some of the best work and the most relevant work for decades, centuries. But they’ve been making it mostly on the margins, beyond the white art world’s spotlights.” Read more about the documentary in the New York Times, and watch on HBO.
Support Black-Owned Businesses
- Support this business led by two siblings who created their own puzzle company because they realized as much as their family loved puzzles, they never saw themselves represented in any puzzle they did. So they created “Puzzles of Color” that sells “frameable pieces of art created by artists of color.” If you’re looking to up your puzzle game, consider supporting this black-owned family business.
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