I spent the hours before Black History Month preparing for and executing an interview with Roy Austin, VP for Civil Rights at Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook). We talked about voting rights, algorithms, and whether it’s possible to help justice scale as quickly as misinformation can.
You can watch the whole thing here:
I’m heading into Black History Month 2022 with a fresh sense of purpose. I think people from every background can gain inspiration and insight from the stories of women and men who have shaped culture, policy and economies, against the odds. An exploration of Black history can help us understand the Black experience — but it also can provide a gateway to understanding people from other walks of life.
I’ll be looking backward, and also looking forward.
Looking backward, the curriculum I designed, The Black Experience in America, provides a launch point to explore social dynamics in a way you might not have in the past. To get started, download this free curriculum book:
Looking ahead, I’ll be introducing my audience to Black leaders like Austin, who are trying to make sense of our turbulent times. In my Fortt Knox interviews and CNBC Working Lunch segments, and in conversations on other platforms, I’ll consider the work that’s still to be done.
If you’re looking for a way to honor Black History Month, try this: I’ve created a special module in my Fortt Media publishing platform that offers free downloads of images and quotes that recognize figures from Black History. Just sign in with an email address, create a password, and access the images, which are specifically designed to fit Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles. (The Malcolm X image above is just an example.) Get started here: