Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event evolved from of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. To continue learning more, click here.
About This Resource Guide
Commonfund, in conjunction with our Black History Month subcommittee has created a resource guide to help all of us celebrate the contributions of African Americans in all aspects of American Life. African Americans, and those a part of the African Diaspora, have and continue to be such an integral part of the American (and Global) communities, from music, art, politics, science, academia, finance, law, sports and entertainment, the list goes on and on. With that said, this resource guide is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination. The hope is that you will take advantage of at least a few of these resources to begin your exploration of this very important part of American history; your history, our history.
The Commonfund Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office (DEI Office) brings together the three core elements of Commonfund’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts: i) to include diverse managers within investment portfolios; ii) to advance the understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion in the asset management industry; and, finally, iii) to provide firm-wide opportunities for professional and organizational development. The DEI office is charged with fostering an environment at Commonfund that values different perspectives, challenges conventional thinking and maximizes the potential of all employees.