Sharing Black stories during Black History Month
Annual observance helps shine a light on hidden figures of the past and present
February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada. Also known as African-American History Month, this observance was first officially recognized in 1976 and serves to honor the often overlooked ways that Black people have advanced and enriched our North American societies.
Historically, the contributions of people of color, including Americans and Canadians of African and Caribbean descent, have been largely excluded from our textbooks and TV screens, which helps perpetuate division and disparity in how we view and treat one another.
Black History Month helps shine a light on hidden figures of the past and present and gives us an annual opportunity to course correct for the future.
At Enbridge, our employees are recognizing Black History Month in a number of ways under the theme of Sharing Black Stories. Through book clubs, inspiring and courageous conversations, and discussions with Black authors, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate and share the contributions of Black people in all aspects of our lives, from innovation to business to culture and society and more.
We’re also looking at ways we can share these stories and messages of resilience and empowerment with our next generation.
Throughout February members of our various employee resource groups and leaders from across the company have been sharing videos reading children’s books—written by Black authors telling their own stories—to read with our families.
We hope that you’ll share these beautiful stories with yours as well, using the video elements on this page:
- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
- Don’t Touch my Hair by Sharee Miller
- I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown
- Skin Like Mine by LaTashia M. Perry
- Sulwe par Lupita Nyong’o (en français)