Black History Month 2021 Celebrates the Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

Intelex launches blog series in celebration of Black History Month.

Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout history, through their artistic, cultural, scientific and political contributions.

Intelex Technologies joins the celebration by launching a blog series that shares the first-person experiences of our employees and celebrating their accomplishments and contribution to Intelex. Our first blog will introduce you to Lorenzo Tennant, who joined Intelex in June 2017 and now is the Director of Business Development. Look for it tomorrow.

“As part of building a culture of inclusion and belonging at Intelex, we are on a mission to ensure all employees can bring their authentic selves to work,” said Kellie Hart, Vice President, Human Resources, Intelex. “I am continuously in awe of the conversations we have been able to have as an organization and the amount of bravery and courage our employees have shown in sharing their stories. Diversity and inclusion is a journey and we are on a mission to ensure it is integrated into all aspects of our organization. I’m really looking forward to the conversations and events we have planned for Black History Month – including the stories we will share in our blog series.”


About Black History Month

The history of African-American/Black History Month traces back to 1915, when the “Father of Black History Month,” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which now is known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Through their diligence and commitment to African American citizens, Woodson and the ASALH introduced the first Negro History Week in February 1926.

In 1976, U.S. President Gerald Ford issued the first African-American History Month proclamation, calling upon the Americans to celebrate this observance each February. Since that time, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations to pay tribute to African Americans.

In recognition of African-American/Black History Month 2021, the ASALH selected “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity” as this year’s theme.

“While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the ‘foundation’ of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective—as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc.,” notes ASALH.

The association explains that the black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology and social policy. “Its representation, identity and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped and vilified from the days of slavery to now… The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present,” said ASALH.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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