February is Black History Month. It is the annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Blacks in the United States. Founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it was first called Negro History Week and hosted the second week of February. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially designated February as Black History Month.
Legacy Lives Here
The Grizzlies celebrate Black History Month through several community initiatives, social highlights, and in-game entertainment. Join us as we learn, reflect, and celebrate Black History and Culture in Memphis and the Mid South.
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The Grizzlies 5th Annual HBCU Empowerment Awards, presented by Pinnacle, will honor seven outstanding individuals who graduated from an Historical Black College or University and are empowering their community, within the City of Memphis and Shelby County, in the fields of Education, Health & Fitness, Youth Development or Service. In recognition of their commitments to the community, a donation of $5,000 will be made to each honoree’s alma mater, in their name.
Ivy Multimedia LLC, Verbally Effective Podcast
Honored February 01
President and CEO
Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum
Honored February 05
Honored February 07
Director of Family and Community Engagement
Memphis-Shelby County Schools
Honored February 10
Memphis Leadership Foundation
Honored February 15
Program Manager for DEI Programs & Community Engagement
National Civil Rights Museum
Honored February 25
Universoul Wellness LLC
Honored February 28
Memphis Music Initiative
EVP, CDO, Chairman & CEO
YMCA Memphis & the Mid-South
Community Oral Heath and Outreach
Olympic Training Career Institute
Sr. VP Memphis Market Manager
Bank of America
First Choice Sales and Marketing
WMC Action News 5
Senior Account Manager
Chief of Staff
Teach for America
Mid South Anesthesia Consultants
Clinical Research Monitor
St. Jude Research Hospital
Black Art Installation at FedExForum
See curated art from seven black artist who are changing the landscape of visual arts in Memphis - featured in FedExForum throughout Black History Month
Locations: Terrace Level (Sections 226 – 231) & Main Concourse (Across from the Burrito Food Stand)
Magnifying Memphis: 28 Days of Black History
Representing the 28 days in February, this calendar features 28 facts that speak to the City of Memphis, Memphis Grizzlies, and the NBA. Curated with the support of the Memphis Public Library and Facing History & Ourselves, these facts will highlight Black Historians from our community and beyond.
Follow along @memgrizz on our social channels for updates to the calendar each day.
Black History with the Grizzlies
African American Authors
Interested in learning more through African American Literature? Dive into this list of books by Black authors, curated by the Memphis Public Library.