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Celebrating Black History

For Black History Month, some of our leaders spoke about the importance of recognizing African Americans and what celebrating Black History means to them.

O'Teria Mitchell, District Manager - Carolinas

"As a leader, l consider it my job to help bring out the best in my staff members and one way I do that is through celebrating the diversity in culture and ethnicity. Taking the time to understand where they are from, things they’ve encountered that play a part in how they function and taking interest in causes that are important to them are all things that have made a tremendous impact as it relates to inclusion in my market. As February approaches, Black History Month will be observed and the accomplishments of those influential from the past and the present will be celebrated. I challenge all not to only focus on the past but the near and present. Celebrate the successes of African Americans at work,  next door or in your neighborhood because it all has a level of importance. It gives someone somewhere, regardless of ethnicity or culture hope and motivation to keep pushing for a greater goal and aids in creating a unified front. The level of success is measured by the journey taken to attain it which means it’s unique to you!"

Brandon Russell, Regional Director - Georgia

"Black History serves as a reminder of the amazing accomplishments and contributions to society that people of color have made. It’s great that our nation takes the month of February to celebrate and highlight these trailblazing figures. Seeing these examples of people that look like me, has always served as inspiration, that I can do anything I put my mind too! Knowing these Black History facts, even helped me with my decision to further my education. When choosing a college to attend, I wanted to go somewhere that felt like home. I chose to further my education at an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) called Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University or AAMU for short. It was founded in 1875 by William Hooper Council, a former slave. HBCU’s were founded with the purpose of providing black people with a way to further their education because they were not allowed to attend school because of their descent. To know that I was able to attend college because of William Hooper Council’s vision back in 1875 is remarkable. AAMU taught me a sense of community and family. Everyone wants you to win and are there to give support. Members of my graduating class went on to become amazing professionals such as Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, and one guy even became a Regional Director!

Team, please join Sun Com and I, in celebrating Black History Month!"

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