February is Black History Month and to mark it, On PR Newswire presents some of the most noteworthy news releases about Black History Month — plus a few other stories from the week you might have missed.
National Park Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Preserving Black History and Culture in National Parks
Coinciding with the start of Black History Month, the National Park Foundation (NPF) announced it is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its African American Experience Fund (AAEF) throughout 2021. Established in 2001, with the support of the 15th Director of the National Park Service (NPS) Robert G. Stanton, the first African American NPS Director, AAEF’s mission is to connect all people to the role of African Americans in U.S. history through national parks. Thanks to the generosity and ongoing partnership of the Fund II Foundation (Fund II), NPF is increasing philanthropic support for AAEF, focusing on projects at 13 national park sites.
This Black History Month, AT&T Dream in Black presents the return of Black Future Makers, a future-forward celebration of inspirational people in the culture. The campaign was announced via a commercial celebrating frontline workers and everyday heroes from Chicago in a spot voiced by NBA superstar, philanthropist, and entrepreneur LeBron James. James is also one of this year’s Black Future Maker honorees.
In honor of Black History Month, United Airlines, Chase, and Visa are encouraging and rewarding United Credit Cardmembers who make donations to non-profits focused on providing access to educational opportunities for Black students and supporting human and civil rights policies. Between Feb. 1 and March 15, United Explorer and United Club Visa Cardmembers will receive five total miles for every dollar (up to $1,000) in donations made to select organizations.
The U.S. Postal Service issued the August Wilson Black Heritage stamp on Jan. 28. This Forever stamp was dedicated during a virtual ceremony and is now being sold at Post Office locations nationwide and online at usps.com/wilsonstamp. News about the stamp is being shared on social media using the hashtags #AugustWilsonForever and #BlackHeritageStamps.
The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to launch a new silver collector coin honoring the Black Loyalists. Mint engravers meticulously reproduced the armorial bearings of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society as a tribute to the free and enslaved Black people who re-settled to British North America before, during, and after the American War of Independence.
ICYMI: Here are some of this week’s other big headlines you might have missed:
PepsiCo Inc. today (Feb. 9) announced the debut of Pearl Milling Co., the new name of the pancake mix and syrup varieties previously found under the Aunt Jemima brand. Pearl Milling Co.-branded pancake mixes, syrups, cornmeal, flour, and grits products will start to arrive in markets in June. Pearl Milling Co. will offer people all their favorite pancake mix and syrup varieties in the same familiar red packaging previously found under the Aunt Jemima brand. Products will continue to be available under the Aunt Jemima name without the character image until June.
Now more than ever, we need to send love, share laughs, and show others how much they matter. That’s why this Valentine’s Day, Hallmark wants to help people share a little love for everyone in their heart – because it’s a day that should be more than grand gestures and soulmates. Valentine’s Day is about love for all.
Commuters now have yet another reason to avoid packing themselves into subway stations. New York City’s transit system exposes riders to more inhaled pollutants than any other metropolitan subway system in the northeastern U.S., a new study finds. Yet even its “cleaner” neighbors struggle with enough toxins to give health-conscious travelers pause.
On Feb. 9, Behr Paint Co. announced its 2021 Color of the Year, Canyon Dusk S210-4, an earthy terracotta shade. The landscape-inspired hue, part of Behr’s Color Trends 2021 palette delivers on what everyone needs this year, elevated comfort.
The House of Givenchy is pleased to announce that the Canadian singer The Weeknd wore a custom outfit designed by Creative Director Matthew M. Williams at the Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 7.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.