Communicating Black History

At GSA (Gabrielle Perret)

During February, GSA communicates African American History via twitter, promoting content on our internal website, posters throughout our headquarters building, GSA Blog posts, featured content on our internal webpage, and a personal letter to staff from the Administrator. Here are some creative examples of how we have celebrated:

  • GSA organized lectures with interesting guest speakers, like Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Stephen A. Perry, the first African American to hold the office of Administrator at GSA.
  • GSA celebrated the art work of African American artists in GSA’s Art in Architecture Program Fine Arts Collection, highlighted different art installations by African American artists in different federal government buildings.

We’ve also put out some very interesting GSA Blog posts! Have a read through these:

  • Last year we wrote an article about thelargest colonial burial ground for people of African descent in America in theGSA Blog. In 1991, GSA was preparing to construct a $275 million federal office building in lower Manhattan. As the agency began work on what would become the Ted Weiss Federal Building, it conducted an environmental impact statement, to ensure the construction wouldn’t adversely impact the surrounding environment. What the inspection found was a portion of the largest colonial burial ground for people of African descent in America. From the late 1690s until 1794, this small, 6.6 acre plot on the southern tip of Manhattan was the final resting place for free and enslaved Africans in New York state.
  • Did you know GSA manages several historic properties that played an important role in the history of African Americans, such as the Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station in Alabama, home of the Freedom Rides  exhibit? On May 20, 1961, a group of students staged a nonviolent protest at the bus station, precipitating a chain of events that led to the cessation of racial segregation in interstate travel. The terminal is now managed by GSA who leases it to the Alabama Historical Commission.
  • Check out this interesting article “How Our Nation’s Courthouses Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement” that discusses the intersection of African American history with federal buildings, like courthouses.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

At the SBA, we’re honoring the valuable contributions African Americans make to our economy and communities by highlighting small business success stories in the Administrator’s blog, as well as on our Instagram.

At the CFPB Union (NTEU) (Kathleen Erville)

At CFPB the union, NTEU, has a number of posters that were put on our bulletin boards, like these:

           Example of Black History Month Calendar of Events









NTEU also promotes content in their internal newsletters, like this article:

Black History Month Quote for NTEU Newsletter

Did you know? In honor of Black History Month, Google made thousands of historical African American artifacts digitally accessible, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s manuscript of I Have A Dream, and Frederick Douglass’s autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave.

RISE (an internal group at CFPB) has also sponsored content on our intranet/wiki, including this post:

Moments In Black History – Did you know?

The Association for the Study of Black Life and History announced the 2018 black history theme, “African Americans in Times of War”. The theme commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I in 1918. Times of War inevitably provide the framework for many stories related to Black soldiers and sailors, veterans, and civilians. This is a theme filled with paradoxes of valor and defeat, of civil rights opportunities and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression, and of catastrophic loss of life and the righteous hope for peace.

At the Census Bureau (Virginia Hyer and Moniqua Roberts-Gray)

The Census Bureau produces a Facts for Features and accompanying graphics for Black History Month. See our product and check out some interesting stats here:

Check out some of the interesting “Facts for Features” content in the Census Newsroom:

Stats for Stories: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. Visit to learn more.

Census also pushes out a lot of social media content too! Check out @uscensusbureau on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!