A Plea

W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois

It’s late, and I’ve been on the run so here’s a link to a great article on how not to “celebrate” Black History Month.

My favorites:

“DON’T Ask the Only Black Person On The Team To Coordinate Something For Black History Month.”

“Invite [experts] to your company to do a lightening talk about their work. Be mindful in your invite. Do not say: ‘Hey! It’s Black History Month! And since you’re black, do you want to come speak to us?.’ ”

A corollary: If you invite someone, do it before February 1, ideally in November or December. It shows you are serious and have thought about the issue.

Also, do not ask these experts to speak gratis. They deserve respect, and compensation is one excellent way to show it. You don’t work for free, Neither should they.

 

 

 

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