Black History Month

by Susan Mullin

TorchLight is celebrating Black History Month for 2021 by highlighting important Black activists and leaders past and present. To learn more about Black History Month, visit the official Black History Month government or Howard University websites.

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Young Black Voices

Amanda Gorman

An American poet and activist, Amanda is the youngest inaugural poet in US history. Not only that, but in 2017 she was the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. You can find one of Amanda’s poetry collections in her 2015 book, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough.

Taji Chesimet

An activist, advocate, and student– Taji Chesimet is an activist, advocate, and student. He is also the co-founder and executive director of Raising Justice, a youth-led group dedicated to social justice advocacy.

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Zyahna Bryant

Zyahna is a student activist and community organizer who was named in Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21 Young People Changing the World” list in 2019. She is a member of Charlottesville’s Youth Council and is the author of Reclaim, a collection of poems and essays.

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Political Figures

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune, born in 1875, was a civil rights activist and educator. She advocated for racial equality in her role as an advisor to FDR and lead many voter registration drives. She also served as president of the NCNW in 1935 and Vice President of thee NAACP in 1940.

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Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott, born in 1870, was the founder of the newspaper The Chicago Defender. The paper was so successful that it grew to have the highest circulation of any Black-owned paper in the US. Abbott also founded Bud Billiken Parade in Picnic, an annual parade held in Chicago, IL.

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Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun, born iin 1947, was the first Black woman ever elected to the United States Senate. She was also only the second Black Senator since America’s Reconstruction Era.

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TorchLight will continue to support the Black community and to speak on DEI issues in the workplace all year round, not just during Black History Month. Keep an eye on our LinkedIn and company blog for more updates and DEI content in the future.

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