This year for Black History Month, HUE—our Business Resource Group (BRG) that celebrates Black Talent and Allyship—coordinated weekly virtual and in-person events across North America. The events encouraged both learning and awareness of Black culture as well and celebrated the achievements and contributions of the global Black diaspora, navigating a history of racism and systemic oppression that has spanned generations.
HUE National Co-Lead and Canada Chapter Member Tamara Raymond shared the reasoning behind this year’s chosen theme of Growth: “As we make moves that help shape our future, it is important to look back at where we came from. Learning about Black history—the challenges, victories, and change agents—helps us aspire to become the change we want to see in the future.”
The month’s events kicked off with a lunch-hour Black History Month Radio Show, featuring Black musicians and composers who helped shape and grow the music industry through the introduction of new sounds, beats and lyrics.
Next up was a virtual fireside chat with renowned Canadian media CEO Brandon Gonez, host of several engaging news and talk shows that have featured the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as musical icons like R&B sensation Jully Black.
Both the Atlanta and Toronto HUE Chapters hosted an in-person Black History Month showcase after-hours, an opportunity for colleagues to get together after work and explore a content lineup featuring Black authors, athletes, creators and changemakers with the goal of educating and inspiring the audience on the impact of Black people throughout history. This event was also hosted virtually to be inclusive of our many community members who couldn’t make it into the office.
Oftentimes the role of our BRGs involves the sharing and elevating of our people’s experiences and perspectives as a way to foster our culture of inclusion and intersectionality at Publicis Sapient. In creating a brave space to share their triumphs, challenges and hard-earned wisdom, several of our members participated in Empowerment as a Launch Pad to Growth, a Black Men’s experience panel.