Author: Chantez P. Knowles, Attorney and Chair of Consumers Energy’s Minority Advisory Panel
Black History Month is celebrated every February as a time of acknowledgement and reflection on the rich contributions and legacies of black people. Although black history is a focus in many black households all year round, Black History Month is a time to share in the celebration with friends and colleagues and to acknowledge that black history is American history. As President Gerald Ford noted, we as a nation need to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Black History Month is the time to honor the innovators who came before us – those who were among the first to push past barriers to accomplish their dreams and open doors for others. It’s a time to honor people like Charlotte E. Ray, the first female African American lawyer, and Frank Johnson, who achieved many firsts throughout his management and officer career at Consumers Energy.
I am proud to work for a company that celebrates the unique histories of its customers, ensures all employees have the support and resources they need to thrive and supports the celebration of such heritage months.
No history maker is born special; instead, they are ordinary people who have vision and drive to keep going when all signs say “Quit.” Let this month inspire you to keep going, beat the odds and just be great!
As we continue to focus on World Class Performance Delivering Hometown Service, we are flying flags that reflect our values and celebrate the rich history and diversity of our state, our co-workers and the customers we serve. On Feb. 12, we will be flying the Pan African flag in honor of Black History Month.