Celebrate Black History Month with us, part two

Alliance of Black Professionals titleAbout ABP

Did you know:

The Alliance of Black Professionals (ABP) employee resource group:

  • Started in 1999
  • Has more than 150 members
  • Provides professional development opportunities, promotes leadership development, supports economic development of the communities we serve
  • Sponsored these exciting happenings in 2014:
    • 2014 annual Executive Connection Day – where employees get to communicate, one-on-one, face-to-face, with executives across the company. Special guest speaker was Cedric Williams, VP, Project Management and Complex Construction (Gas)
    • New England’s Adopt a Child Holiday Initiative (through Massachusetts Dept. of Children & Families) – 20 National Grid participants donated more than $2,500 in gifts for children in need in the Boston inner city area
    • Downstate NY Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger Volunteer event – five company volunteers packed, stocked and distributed food to the public for the largest food pantry in Brooklyn (last year the pantry provided more than 1.8 million meals to local residents in need)
    • NYC Junior Achievement Youth Leadership Conference – ABP partnered with JA, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School and other National Grid ERGs last March to host ‘Engineering Our Future’ in MetroTech. Participating students learned about career skills and important values during this educational forum, which featured National Grid leaders presenting and sharing their personal and professional experiences.

Find upcoming Black History events here.

Test your knowledge of African-American history

Q.  The first US Black History Month took place:

  1. 1976
  2. 1986
  3. 1969

A:  1986, under President Gerald Ford (2)

Q. Who said “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition”?

1. Historian Carter Godwin Woodson
2. Actor Morgan Freeman
3. Enslaved African-American Dred Scott

A: Carter Godwin Woodson (1) (Morgan Freeman has been quoted as saying: “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” He argued there’s no White History Month, because white people didn’t want their history relegated to one month. (Source: Wikipedia)

Q. Which of the following outlawed slavery:

1.  Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863
2.  14th Amendment of the US Constitution, ratified 1868
3.  13th Amendment of the US Constitution, ratified 1863

A: 13th Amendment (3)
(The Emancipation Proclamation promised freedom to slaves in the Southern states if the Union won the war, but did not free slaves in states loyal to the Union – any confederate state that rejoined the Union by Jan. 1, 1863 would be allowed to keep their slaves. The 14th Amendment granted full US citizenship to African-Americans. And, in 1870, the 15th Amendment extended the right to vote to black males)

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