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What Black History Means To Me

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Macy’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s February and that means it’s black history month. As I sit and reflect on this year it’s important that I reflect on what Black History means to me. To me, it’s more than just another month. To me, Black History Month is a time for reflection, rejoicing, and teaching the next generation about black history.

Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month

Macy’s is proud to celebrate Black History Month by honoring Chicago’s innovators and visionaries hosted by Windy City Live’s Val Warner!!! I’m so excited because I just LOVE VAL!! Join us on Thursday, February 15th at Macy’s on State Street at 5:30 pm in the Narcissus Room for an amazing panel discussion and Q&A with Chicago’s very own African-American pioneers including Chairman of WVON Radio Melody Spann Cooper, and Co-founder & CEO of Black Tech Mecca Fabian Elliot to name a few.

Following the discussion, join us for a reception featuring live paintings by “Artbae” Tyler Clark, there will also be mini make-overs by Fashion Fair, music by our live band, sips, sweets and more! Find out more about the event here.

Also, you can RSVP here.

Please note Event subject to change or cancellation. RSVP does not guarantee a seat. The first 150 guests to RSVP and check-in on event day will receive priority seating until 5:45 pm after which seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 5:15 pm.

What Black History Means To Me

Its’ About Reflection

Black History Month is a time to think and reflect on what it means to be an African American. Black History month is a time to reflect back on the activists and organizers of the past who fought for racial equality for everyone. I am able to reflect on the progress that was made over time to the point where we are today. It’s a time to reflect on the amazing people who are still creating opportunities and making history. It is a time to be proud to be an African American.

It’s About Rejoicing

Every year in the month of February we celebrate and thank the African-Americans who have gone before us for giving us hope. To those who were brave to fight for our rights and most importantly they not give up. Those who were determined and had dreams to succeed and paved the way for others to succeed. It may not seem possible to stay optimistic during tough times, but it is possible. The leaders were optimistic that change would come, they were determined to overcome.

It’s About Teaching My Daughter What Black History Means

Black History is not just about the difficult times that we have been through, it’s about so much more. The bigger picture is all about integrity, leadership, and determination. It is about showing your true character. These are the things that I want to teach my daughter about.

I am very open and transparent with all of you on my blog. I have shared many stories of how I overcame adversity or challenges. How a person deals with the circumstances of life can tell you many things about someone’s character. Adversity can make a person stronger. Its how you deal with the situation that will determine your outcome. You can either let it defeat you or overcome it.

Black History Month is a time to reflect and teach the next generation about our past and also and help shape their character.

I’m excited to be partnering with Macy’s and attending their Black History Month Celebration. I want you all to join me if you are in the Chicago area please stop by!!


See you there!!

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    February 12, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Black History Month is all about rejoicing and celebrating our fellow sisters and brothers… Love that Macy’s loves to celebrate us!

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      Michelle Thames
      February 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm


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    February 12, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I love Black History Month. There is something new to learn or share every day. I’ll have to check out what our local Macy’s is doing to celebrate.

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    February 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I hope you enjoy the event. I love that you find ways to celebrate and educate both in and out your home.

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    February 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I have learned so many things this month so far from the stuff people have shared on social media as well as things I have looked at on my own. I plan to take my children to one of the Black History exhibits in our city in the next couple of days

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      Michelle Thames
      February 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Yes, there is so much to learn! I love that everyone is sharing so much!

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    February 13, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I love that Macy’s does this annually. It is a great way for a company to show solidarity and pride for the history of black people. We have been reading up on various African American figures in history.

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    February 14, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I miss the Black History Celebration they usually have one in Atlanta, but not one this year. We had June Amberose, Jurnee Smolette and Taye Diggs in Atlanta to kick off a fun Macys celebration. Have fun in Chicago I love the name of the artist, Artbae!

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    Jay Colby
    February 14, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Its great that Macy’s does this yearly. Black history month is always a great time to reflect on all the great things our ancestors have accomplished.

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    Mimi Green
    February 14, 2018 at 7:31 am

    I’ve attended some of Macy’s Black History events here in the DC area. They have had amazing guest in the past and I really enjoyed them. My daughter and I have been read Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. Although she is only 6 she is getting the stories.

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    February 14, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I heard that Macy’s was doing this. I wish we had an event here. Chicago gets all the best stuff! 😉

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