For the next 28 days, AT&T will honor African American men and women, from popular artists and ambassadors, to college presidents and business leaders, who are uplifting their communities, making strides in their professions and wowing the world at large.
The program spotlights pivotal figures and moments during Black History Month.
“AT&T 28 Days honors African Americans who have blazed a trail and impacted our culture in a significant way. It is our hope that others will feel inspired by their stories and empowered by their advice and wisdom. Embracing diversity is a part of AT&T’s culture and key to our company’s business success. AT&T 28 Days was created eight years ago to highlight inspirational stories about stellar contributions to American history and stories of today’s boundary breakers during the month of February,” Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Diverse Markets for AT&T, told TNJ.com in an exclusive interview.
The series of videos and articles can be found on the company’s website. Already uploaded is a video about Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, president of Howard University. Upcoming videos include Ambassador Andrew Young, chair, Andrew Young Foundation (February 8); and Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club (February 15).
(Brewer was in the news in December for fearlessly calling out corporate America’s lack of diversity when she said in a CNN interview, “My executive team is very diverse, and I make that a priority. I demand it within my team. Just today we met with a supplier, and the entire other side of the table was all Caucasian males. That was interesting.”)
Watch as “Black innovators, creators and activists share the tools, tips and hard-won lessons they rely on to do the exceptional,” touts the website.
A highlight this year is the celebration of acclaimed actress, writer and activist Ruby Dee.
Says Jones, “Ruby Dee is featured on the AT&T 28 Days website in a section called, “Moments that Matter” where we highlight eight iconic photos from African American history and the stories of the people included. Before Ruby Dee found success as an actress, she worked for one of AT&T’s legacy companies during World War II working on technology. Later, she would blaze trails as a civil rights activist even serving as an MC for the historic March on Washington in 1963. The passion and ingenuity of her life’s work are just some of reasons that she’s featured within AT&T 28 Days.”
Angela Baskerville, vice president-technology development, AT&T; and Rey Ramsey, managing partner, Next Sector Capital are also on the lineup.