As companies celebrate Black History Month and the contributions African Americans have made to the overall history of this great country, there is a difference between remembering and honoring. This difference requires individuals to move from mere knowledge to action. Our CEO, Doug Harris, sees honoring as an action that transforms facts and past experiences into change and possibility. In this series, Doug asserts that to really honor the contributions of African Americans is to maximize all that history teaches as well as the action it requires.
In this final vignette, Doug connects history to personal legacy. He puts forth that everything we do from a family, workplace and community perspective, is the living legacy of our presence. Doug examines three concepts for maximizing history for the greater good. The first is unselfishness and how looking out for others benefits everyone. The second is understanding that each person has a role to play and the world cannot afford for you to be a spectator. The third is understanding we don’t all have to agree but we do need to work together to be the best versions of ourselves.
While this series was borne out of a celebration of Black History, Doug believes the universal concepts are relevant to people of all races, backgrounds, and genders. Let’s maximize our history by going beyond the celebration to individual contributions with a focus on collaboration. Unity is more than a concept but a way of being.