Black History Month

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.

Players Speak

Supporting Black Owned Businesses

Why Black History Month Is Important

BHM Edition

Feb. 27th 3:00-7:00pm

Grizz Shop Local is an initiative created to help support and sustain local businesses during the pandemic. Supporting local businesses show that you care about your community and it helps the local economy thrive. The BHM Edition (Black History Month Edition) will allow patrons to support minority owned businesses during the month of February.

How it works: Shoppers will RVSP in advance at no cost. On the event date, shoppers will be emailed the link to shop from 3:00pm-7:00pm on February 27th.

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28 Days of Black Businesses

Representing the 28 days in February, this calendar features 28 local black-owned businesses. Each day, fans will have the opportunity to learn about local entrepreneurs from around the City of Memphis, the products and services they offer and how to support their business.

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to honor graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities within the fields of Education, Health & Wellness and Service. For the Third Annual HBCU Empowerment Award, eight honorees will be featured in-game through video recognition highlighting their positive contributions and impact within the Memphis community. A donation of $1,000 will be made to each honoree’s alma mater in their name.

Trey Carter
President of Olympic Training Career Institute
Trevia Chatman
Sr. VP Memphis Market Manager, Bank of America
Tyrone A. Burroughs
Founder, First Choice Sales and Marketing
Kontji Anthony
Evening Anchor at WMC Action News 5

Linda McNeil
Senior Account Manager, Gaskill Strategies
Miska Clay Bibbs
Chief of Staff, Teach for America
Sandra Reed MD
Anesthesiologist- Mid South Anesthesia Consultants
Dillon Robinson
Clinical Research Monitor at St. Jude Research Hospital

The HBCU Experience

Education, Culture & Impact

Historically Black Colleges and Universities were established because Black students were not allowed into public or private institutions of higher learning. HBCUs are rich in diversity and continue to redesign the educational landscape to ensure African-Americans receive a solid and sound education. This panel discussion will explore the historical birth of HBCUs, how they have shaped Black culture and their impact in the world.

Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies
Sat Feb 20
7:00 PM
Memphis, TN
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Phoenix Suns Suns

HBCU Night 2020

HBCU Night 2019

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