Q: What happens when you ask a diverse group to identify Black Americans who have been influential to them?
A: A large display of civil rights pioneers; influential educators and social workers; inventors; musicians and radio DJs; poets and scholars; and even, black WWE stars.
At least that’s what happened on Monday, February 27, when SaintA Child Welfare staff held a Black History Month poster presentation at the agency’s West Allis location. Teams chose their themes and worked collaboratively on their poster displays throughout the month of February.
The informal gathering punctuated a month-long celebration at SaintA of Black American icons.
Also throughout February, the SaintA Diversity Committee presented a weekly spotlight on influential Black Milwaukeeans, including Will Allen of Growing Power; North-side pharmacist Lester Carter; Andre Ellis, founder of We Got This; and the civil rights and women’s movement crusader, Vel Phillips.
One SaintA location shared daily inspirational email messages about historic and current-day Black milestones. The features ranged from the launch of the first African American-owned insurance company in 1810, to the 1971 creation of the Congressional Black Caucus; and from a 1902 memoir of African American nurses in the Civil War, to the 2017 Oscar win for Viola Davis, making her one of very few performers (of any color) to win an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar.
During the month, there were numerous other agency-sponsored, as well as informal, celebrations. One SaintA location even enjoyed a Soul Food potluck.