Celebrating History Makers: An Introduction to our Black History Month Series

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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - and we’re just two weeks away from the start of Black History Month.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans dating back to 1915. Since the 1970s, every President has officially declared February as Black History Month, a celebration of black culture and heritage.

This year, I wanted 2050 TrailBlazers to contribute to the conversation. That’s why we’re launching the Black History Month - History Makers series.

I’m incredibly excited about this series - we’ll be releasing one episode a week for the entire month of February. We’re highlighting and elevating the history makers of today in the financial planning profession and beyond. Today, you’re getting a little bit of a sneak peek into what the conversations next month hold.


What You'll Learn:

  • What you can expect from next month’s Black History Month: History Makers series

  • Who will be featured in upcoming episodes

  • Why the conversation around culture, heritage, and DEI is so important - especially during Black History Month

  • Why we celebrate history makers from the past, and look to the movers and shakers of our time to elevate them, as well


Show Notes:

Episode Transcript


Rianka: Hi, I’m Rianka, and thank you for tuning in to 2050 Trailblazers. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - and we’re just two weeks away from the start of Black History Month.

Rianka: Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans dating back to 1915. Since the 1970s, every President has officially declared February as Black History Month, a celebration of black culture and heritage.

Rianka: This year, I wanted 2050 TrailBlazers to contribute to the conversation. That’s why we’re launching the Black History Month - History Makers series.

Rianka: I’m incredibly excited about this series - we’ll be releasing one episode a week for the entire month of February. We’re highlighting and elevating the history makers of today in the financial planning profession and beyond. And today, you’re getting a little bit of a sneak peek into what the conversations next month hold.

Rianka: You’re about to listen in on a snippet of my conversation with LeCount Davis the first African American Certified Financial Planner in the country!

[LeCount clips]

Rianka: While LeCount has 6 decades of working experience, I thought it would be great for us to hear from the millennials as well. Here, I am sharing snippet from my friend, the marketing guru and fellow hokie Everette Taylor.

[Everette clip]

Rianka: We have two phenomenal trailblazing women joining us as well - Wall Street Veteran Carla Harris and award winning journalist Natasha Alford. These women will be sharing so much wisdom with us. I cannot wait to celebrate Black History Month with you all. Let us know you’re following alonging and what’s inspiring you by tagging 2050 TrailBlazers.