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Remembering the Progress Our Nation Has Made and Our Obligation to Continue Moving Forward

Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Black Americans and recognize their contributions to our country. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on our work here at the Department to ensure economic growth and opportunity for all communities.

The Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to using the power of the Federal Government to address the long-standing disparities that have hampered the progress of Black communities. This commitment guides our work across all programs to ensure equity is at the center of our work and that no community is left behind – through ensuring access to high-speed affordable internet, elevating minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and supporting workforce development programs for the industries of tomorrow.

As we come to the end of Black History Month, I want to thank our employees who work hard every day to support and invest in the African American business community. The Department is committed to creating an economy that works for all Americans and fostering a workplace that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible to every employee. We must continue to build a workforce that looks like America. While there is still much work to be done, together we will fulfill America’s promise to all.

In honor of Black History Month, many of our employees shared the significance of Black History Month and their favorite part of working in federal government. Please see some of the outstanding African American employees highlighted in our video spotlight series.

Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK9OITsJ4N0

Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWlbfpE4Sxk

In addition, several of our bureaus highlighted leaders from all levels through blog posts that showcased the important work they are doing on behalf of the American people as well as their efforts in ensuring equity and diversity.

Take a moment to read these powerful blogs.

Black History Month: A Career of Firsts for a Diversity-Minded CFO

Black History Month: A Leader in Supporting Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Census Bureau

Black History Month: A Leader in Protecting Lives, Livelihoods, and Property for All People

Black History Month: Advocating for and Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the USPTO

Black History Month: Forging a Path for Others to Come

Black History Month: At EDA, Equity is Our Number One Investment Priority

Black History Month: A Leader in the Use of Satellite Imagery in Assisting with Natural Disasters and Ensuring an Accurate Population Count

To read the full Presidential Proclamation for National Black History Month go to White House Presidential Proclamation.