The month of February is designated as Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the past and present contributions of Black Americans to society. More than just a moment, this month reminds us of the importance of reflecting, researching, and listening year-round.
At Think Up, one of our core values is Diversity of Thought, Skill, and Culture. We believe we are most successful when there are diverse individuals with diverse perspectives at the table.
One avenue in which we seek to gain diverse perspectives is by learning from Black creators. From musicians, to artists, to authors, and more, these are just a few of the brilliant minds whose creations are inspiring our Thinkers this Black History Month and always:
- Andra Day – The Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist was also recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading role in the upcoming film The United States vs. Billie Holiday.
- Leon Bridges – Grammy-nominated soul singer with a distinctly retro style.
- William H. Johnson – Born in South Carolina in 1901, he worked multiple jobs to save enough money to attend the National Academy of Design in New York City where he honed his craft.
- Jas Knight – A Brooklyn-based artist whose figurative oil paintings are stunningly realistic with an elegant, quiet intensity. (below)
- Morgan Harper Nichols – An abstract artist, as well as a poet and musician, she is inspired by the stories and conversations she shares with others. (below)
- Alrinthea Carter – Local Greenville photographer who documents abandoned spaces across South Carolina.
- Colson Whitehead – A two-time Pulitzer Award winner, his most recent book The Nickel Boys was named Time’s#1 Novel of the Year 2019.
- Tony Evans – Author of Oneness Embraced, his perspective on social justice and unity from a biblical perspective.
- Austin Channing Brown – The New York Times Bestselling author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.
- Tabitha Brown – Foodie and Instagram star whose uplifting and positive demeanor and delicious vegan cooking videos have made her an Internet sensation.
- Mikel Welch – Interior designer whose beautiful spaces show that “neutrals don’t have to be boring.” (below)
As a company of lifelong learners, we value and encourage opportunities to broaden our perspectives and educate ourselves on important issues. Here are some resources we’ve found helpful in our journey of listening and reflecting so that we may make positive contributions:
- Virtually explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Learn more about African American History Month
- Watch this TED Talk from Cleo Wade Want to Change the World? Start by Being Brave Enough to Care
- Discover 28 Days of Black History