From Education to Representation: A Black History Month Conversation

As someone who attended and has family members who graduated from an HBCU (Historically Black College/University), I was recently honored to moderate a conversation with two amazing women:

  • Ashley Christopher, Esq., founder and CEO of HBCU Week, a Ketchum partner whose mission is “to encourage high-school aged youth to enroll into HBCUs, provide scholarship dollars for matriculation and sustain a pipeline for employment from undergraduate school to corporate America”
  • Nia Anderson, a current student at Howard University and past recipient of the Future of Chemistry Scholarship

Using Black History Month as a starting point, Ashley and Nia generously gave us a glimpse at their own powerful stories (including Ashley’s experience as a stroke survivor), the inspiration they draw from the past and their hopes for the future. I was proud to share my time with them, and I hope you’ll feel the same as you watch the video of our talk:

As both Ashley and Nia say in the video, while February might give us a focus, Black History is a year-round topic. We look forward to sharing more voices and stories from our Black colleagues and partners throughout the year.