Our voice is BUILDing
Originally published February 19, 2021.
"Yesterday I had the pleasure of announcing Dr. Karen Johnson as the first director of Washington state’s new Office of Equity. Dr. Johnson has been a Washington state employee for over a decade, working with state agencies to transform our institutions to better and more equitably serve Washingtonians."
Thank you our members who submitted photos highlighting the milestones and influential people in your life during Black History Month! Claude Burfect (pictured below) has been steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work for a long, long time. That’s why he is a Black History inspiration to member Kevin Allen!
Compiled by BUILD for our Black History Month celebration, 2021.
This is a story of a little boy name Theo, who woke up one morning and asked his mother, "Mom, what if there were no Black people in the world?" Well, his mother thought about that for a moment, and then said, "Son, follow me around today and let's just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world." Mom said, "Now go get dressed, and we will get started."
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
When: February 18, 2021, 9am – 12pm
Complete details on our Events page!
Monday Kickoff of the 23d Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration
Feb 8, 2021 – Monday kicks off APCC’s virtual 23rd Annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration with an exciting presentation. We will start off with a wonderful introduction of this year’s featured host country, the Marshall Islands and a fun Drums of All Nations presentation. Our important guest speakers Governor Jay Inslee and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland will give us special greetings. And then we will be treated to lively performances from Guam, Korea, and Vietnam. And this is just for the first day of our week-long celebration.
The Disability Inclusion Network (DIN) is inviting you to attend our monthly general membership meeting. You will not want to miss this meeting!! We will be having special guests from Microsoft’s Accessibility Team to discus how to navigate the accessibility features in Microsoft Teams.
Serve Washington, the state commission on national and community service, reaches out to you in hopes you would be willing to help us get the word out on this effort to all of the Statewide business resource groups either through their newsletters, distribution lists or social media. We posted the announcement on our Facebook and Twitter if you want to share that way.
Please attend our next Lunch and Learn session:
The topic of discussion: The Equity Filter
Location: Online (More Information Below)
Date: February 17th, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Facilitator: Leilani Williams
The Disability Inclusion Network (DIN), a fellow statewide business resource group, is excited to announce the availability of an Inclusive Virtual Meeting Planning guide and checklist published on their website.
February 26, 2021, 12:30 pm—2:30 pm
(video conference through Microsoft Teams)
This workshop will help participants learn about our office, performance auditing and the skills it takes to be an auditor. You'll network with participants and performance audit staff, learn about what makes a great applicant, and get a taste for how to do a performance audit.
“We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation’s greatness.”
- Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman
“The month of February marks Black History Month, when our country celebrates the generations of Black Americans whose courage, advocacy and patriotism have enriched our communities and strengthened our democracy. In honoring Black trailblazers and change-makers of the past, we also gain inspiration for the work that still remains to fulfill our sacred responsibility to form a more perfect union.
Sadly, Black History Month comes as the scourges of systemic racism, injustice and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has inflicted a devastating, disproportionate toll on the health and economic stability of communities of color, continues to undermine Americans’ rights and our most fundamental values. In the face of these grave challenges, countless young Black leaders, activists and dedicated citizens have marched, mobilized and are making a difference to advance justice and build a brighter future for all. In this vital mission, we are blessed by the leadership and vision of a record number of Black Members of Congress as well as the historic inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman vice president in American History.”
- Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, February 1, 2021
NEWS RELEASE: February 1, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Julianna Verboort, Marketing and Communications Director, Washington State Historical Society, 253-343-7004 firstname.lastname@example.org
From Black pioneers to Seattle hip hop: Learn about Black Washingtonians during February and beyond
TACOMA, Wash – Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) will feature two free online lectures to celebrate February’s Black History Month, and is also working with an advisory committee to implement Washington Black History Project initiatives that will educate and enlighten throughout every month of the year.
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