In the face of systemic racism, Black teachers, artists, scientists, and leaders have been innovating and changing the course of American history for the better. Unfortunately, these achievements were often overlooked because of discrimination due to the color of their skin. This is why every February we celebrate Black History Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the achievements of Black Americans.
Here at Goodwill, one of our core values is to Live a Culture of Belonging. We value the diversity that each person brings to our team, and we support the goals and celebrate the achievements of our Black leaders and team members all year round.
You can make sure Black voices are heard throughout the year by continuing to support Black artists, musicians, and businesses (especially at the local level), donating or volunteering at organizations that help increase equity in your community, and consuming media that highlights Black voices and perspectives.
Below are local events that you can attend to celebrate Black History Month!
Events in Rochester:
- The RMSC is hosting programming, activities, and events every weekend in February to celebrate Black History Month.
- This Black History Month-themed painting workshop, hosted by Ya'qub Shabazz Fine Art, is a great way to celebrate the contributions and achievements of Black-American culture.
- The MAG Rochester is hosting a Black History Month Celebration on February 19th from 12-5 PM, as well as a tour on the third Thursday that highlights the Black artists in the museum.
Events in Syracuse:
- Feb 18th 11AM - 4PM: Black History Month Cultural Expo at Bethany Baptist Church, 149 Beattie St.
- Feb 18th 6:30 PM: Fred Wesley in Concert presented by CNY Jazz
- Feb. 18th 6-10PM: Soul Fest
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes is a not-for-profit organization supporting the Rochester and Syracuse area communities. Headquartered in Rochester, NY, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes along with Goodwill Vision Enterprises (formerly ABVI) have a very long and successful history of creating job opportunities and serving the community through the Good Neighbor program, 211/LIFE LINE, and our vision services. In addition, we have several Goodwill thrift store locations offering second-hand clothing for men, women, and children as well as home goods and other accessories.