As we honor Black History Month, we are proud to amplify the diverse voices and perspectives of our Black and African American team members. Their quotes encapsulate the richness of their experiences, insights, and aspirations, serving as a testament to the invaluable contributions of Black individuals to our organization and the broader community.
In Greensboro, Black history is a considerable part of the beauty of our city, from the courageous acts of civil rights pioneers to the vibrant cultural expressions that continue to shape our identity. Through these quotes, we celebrate the strength, creativity, and resilience of the Black community, inspiring us to reflect on the past, embrace the present, and work towards a more inclusive and equitable future for all.
“The footsteps of Black history have literally traveled right through the heart of Greensboro from the Underground Railroad stop on Guilford’s campus to the desegregation of hospitals/public schools, the Greensboro Four, and much more. I feel a strong sense of pride and responsibility to honor and celebrate those that have come before us and paved the way for the Black community here in Greensboro and across the nation”.
-Ericka Woodruff, AP Specialist & ETWI/GAP Program Assistant
“My daddy use to say…” You may have to fight a little more complicated . . . but you can be whatever you put your mind to.”
-Sadie Blue, Building Stronger Neighborhoods
“As a Black first-generation immigrant from Ethiopia, I’m proud to work in a county that holds 9000 people from the 54 African nations-approximately 250 of whom are Ethiopian. ”
-Cathy Knowles, Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement
“I embrace a reflective essence every Black History Month. Always remember the importance of learning from the past to build a bright and vibrant future.”
-Amber Smith, Administrative Assistant, Grants and Community Impact
“The Black community in Greensboro is unique because we have such a rich history. From the Civil War to civil rights, dozens of powerful people, voices, and movements started here in Greensboro. I feel lucky to be a part of an undeniably monumental community.”
-Kabrina Shamburger, Marketing Manager
“It’s so beautiful to be part of a culture with such poise, grace, richness, creativity, and resilience. I am proud of my heritage and make it a priority to show gratitude for those who paved the way.”
-Stephanie Surratt, Communications Specialist and Administrative Assistant, Guilford Nonprofit Consortium