Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council - February 2023

Recognizing Black History Month

Picture5In February, the United States honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the cultural heritage, achievements and adversities that are central to the history of the United States.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a distinguished scholar, historian, and author, first set out in 1926 to designate a time to promote and educate people about Black history and culture. Fifty years after the first week-long celebrations, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans throughout history. Below are a few resources to start exploring during the month of February and beyond.

High on the Hog by Jessica B. Harris celebrates the delicious and restorative foods of the African American experience and details how each came to form such an important part of African American culture, history, and identity.Picture2

Jubilee cookbook contains recipes from two centuries of African American cooking by James Beard award winning author, Toni Tipton-Martin.

Black Smoke chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restauranteurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways and the President’s Kitchen Cabinet tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington by Adrian Miller, ‘The Soul Food Scholar’.

Setting the Table is a podcast hosted by Deb Freeman which illuminates the ways that African Americans have shaped how this country eats and drinks by exploring the historical events that have influenced the formation of Black foodways in America.

It’s Okay to Keep the Camera Off

As virtual meetings remain a regular part of most people’s workdays, creating an environment where folks feel empowered to keep their cameras off can have a strong impact for many reasons. Source: disabilityin.orgPicture3

  • Blind/Low vision people may not be able to see what their colleagues are seeing or know where to
  • Anxiety conditions can be exacerbated by being on
  • It may be difficult for Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals to read CART or ASL while on
  • It supports those who need to take medical care (ex. medication, supplemental oxygen.)
  • It supports those with ADHD by reducing external stimuli and visual distractions.
  • Autistic people may stim (tap fingers, rock back and forth) to help process information and they may not be comfortable doing so on camera.
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