Today concludes Black History Month, and it has been an honor to share the stories of some of our amazing employees during the past few weeks.
In case you missed it, we want to recap what they shared about Black History Month. To read more about each employee, including what they shared about work and what they’re most proud of, click their names below.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a time to celebrate and understand Black stories—to learn and spotlight those who have made a difference in our culture and history. It means looking back at the impact that pioneers and leaders of the Black community have had on our community and trying to model my life after some who came before me.
– Kenny Gay
“It means lifting each other and inspiring someone to be the best they can be”
Connecting and closing the gap is what Black History Month is to me, as well as every day. It keeps me grounded, thankful for my culture, and thankful for how far we’ve come to accomplish what some believe couldn’t or wouldn’t happen.
It means that, even though we have different skin tones, we are still brothers and sisters, and we all bleed red. It means learning to let go of the past and move forward with love, forgiveness, and strength. It means lifting each other and inspiring someone to be the best they can be. You never know what a kind word can do or how a kind gesture can change someone’s life.
No matter where this life takes you, spread love and kindness instead of hate and evil. Give kindness, regardless of how people act or what they say—rise above that and move forward towards a better future of equality and peace.
– Lucy White
“To all my Black heroes, ‘Thank you!'”
To me, Black History Month can be described in one word—sacrifice. There have been so many people who have sacrificed so that me and my family can live the American dream. So, to all of my Black heroes, “Thank you!”
– Wilton Hailey
“I celebrate the past, present, and future accomplishments of all African Americans”
While this month is a time of reflection and heightened awareness of Black culture and the accomplishments of African Americans, there is still a lot of work to be done.
During this month and each day, I celebrate the past, present, and future accomplishments of all African Americans and their contributions to society for the greater good. I am proud to be employed by a forward-thinking company that focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and caring about people.
– Paula Lewis
“I am Black history, 365 days a year”
Black History Month is a time of reflection and recognition, focusing not just on the struggle and pain but also the history, culture, and accomplishments that lead the way for our modern lives. It’s about realizing that Black history is world history, and it is a part of us all. I am Black history, 365 days a year.
– Cardinal Ferguson
Black History Month gives me a greater appreciation for all those who have helped bring equality into the world. I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to help make a difference at a company like Leggett & Platt.
– Mark Phillips
“It’s been instilled in me to always be proud of who you are”
Black History Month means the world to me. As an African American woman, it’s been instilled in me to always be proud of who you are and to never let anyone take that away from you.
– Sandrica Hardy
“I personally take this time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and inspire change for the future”
Black History Month is a time to recognize and honor the contributions, achievements, and struggles of Black people throughout history. It’s a time to acknowledge the impact that Black individuals have had on society, culture, politics, and various fields, even in the face of systemic racism and discrimination. It’s an opportunity to educate ourselves on the history of the Black community, celebrate the accomplishments of Black individuals, and raise awareness of the ongoing fight for racial justice and equality.
For me, Black History Month serves as a reminder of the work that is needed to create a more inclusive and equitable society for everyone. I personally take this time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and inspire change for the future.
– Dwayne Phills