Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to learn about and recognize their central role in American history. This year, the beginning of Black History Month was sadly marked by multiple bomb threats targeting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country. This is reprehensible.
We – the Employee Resource Groups at Shook – condemn the threat of violence against HBCUs and African Americans. We also extend our appreciation to HBCUs, which were the primary source of higher education for generations of African Americans prior to post-Civil Rights Era integration. Further, HBCUs remain a vital and important source of higher education to students of all races. Shook’s ranks of attorneys and professional staff proudly include alumni of HBCUs.
We acknowledge that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of our nation.
For more information, contact Shook's Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Lolly Cerda, firstname.lastname@example.org