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When Corporations Celebrate Black History Month

History Month to more than 12,000 schools across Dominion’s service areas in Virginia, northeastern North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

They’ve been doing this for eight years now, and the fact that the company covers the Northeastern part of the country, doesn’t stop them from honoring people who live outside of their service area, such as the Honorable Vel R. Phillips, the first woman and first African American to become secretary of state in Wisconsin. The lesson plans Dominion created and feature on the Website are extremely detailed and include activities for primary and secondary teaching levels along with plans developed by educators to go along with suggested readings from the Website.

Dominion also sponsors an essay writing competition for local high school juniors and seniors.

Marcia’s Rating: 4.5

Most corporations could stand to learn a thing or two from Dominion. The series includes notable African Americans that most people may have never heard of such as Sister Cora Billings, the first African American nun to lead a Roman Catholic parish in the United States. This and more is included in a well-organized format online, equipped with an interactive mural featuring all of this year’s honorees. Unfortunately, there are no links from its homepage to help people find this goldmine of black history.

Renita Burns is the editorial assistant, and Marcia A. Wade is the reporter at BlackEnterprise.com.