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From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Maya Angelou to James Baldwin and Rosa Parks, there are a great many names and people that are associated with black leadership in the past. In addition, there are many more black leaders in today’s living history, and more to come in the future. 

Black Leaders Awareness Day seeks to spotlight, feature, encourage and inspire all black leaders – of yesterday, today and tomorrow!

History of Black Leaders Awareness Day

Black Leaders Awareness Day (BLAD) was founded in the United Kingdom a few years ago with the goal of honoring and promoting black leaders from the past and present, while providing inspiration for those who might become black leaders in the future. The organizers behind the day believe it is right and just to highlight black leaders, as well as those who support diversity in leadership, so that the important history of black leaders can continue to be told – with a deep understanding that allows this history to have a vital impact on the future.

How to Celebrate Black Leaders Awareness Day

Get involved and participate with Black Leaders Awareness Day, starting with some of these ideas:

Support and Share About Black Leaders Awareness Day

Individuals, businesses, community leaders, government organizations and more can get involved with celebrating Black Leaders Awareness Day by showing support for the event. The brand’s website provides access to a number of different logos, templates, guidelines and other downloadable materials that can help foster and promote this day that has been set aside to honor black leaders.  

Learn More About Black Leaders 

In celebration of Black Leaders Awareness Day, individuals, parents, and teachers can all get involved by learning more about local and national black leaders. Parents and teachers can tailor lessons for their students around the theme, providing inspiring stories of black men and women who have overcome the odds to stand up and lead others.

Consider learning about and reading some of these important stories in honor of Black Leaders Awareness Day:

  • Shirley Chisholm

    The first black woman elected to the US Congress in 1968

  • Thurgood Marshall

    American civil rights lawyer and the Supreme Court’s first African American justice

  • Claudette Colvin

    American civil rights activist who preceded Rosa Parks in getting arrested for refusing to give her seat on a bus to a white woman

  • Sojourner Truth

    A powerful voice in the abolitionist movement after escaping from slavery herself in 1826

Host Black Leaders Awareness Events

Schools, universities, community organizations, companies, government agencies and other groups can get involved with Black Leaders Awareness Day in a variety of ways, especially through awareness and educational events. Host a seminar, ceremony, webinar, black author’s book signing, job fair, scholarship fund-raising campaign, art show featuring black artists, black heritage celebration and more. The ideas and opportunities are almost endless when it comes to honoring, celebrating and showcasing black leaders in the local community and throughout the globe!

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