We are proud to celebrate Black leaders, innovators, and artists every day of the year, both across our platforms and in our Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland communities.
From strengthening our partnerships, to amplifying diverse voices, to creating opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs, here are some of the ways we’re working locally to create positive change during Black History Month and all year long.
- Partnering with Local Organizations: Pittsburgh-based employees, together with students from Sto-Rox Middle School who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Beyond School Walls program, are researching African American figures who have shaped our country. Our Black Employee Network is hosting an internal panel discussion about Historically Black Colleges and Universities during our quarterly “Voices of Impact” series for employees throughout Comcast’s Keystone Region.
- Sharing Black Voices: February marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Black Experience on Xfinity channel, a first-of-its-kind collection of Black movies, TV shows, and news curated by industry leaders, film critics, and top networks – and endorsed by the African American Film Critics Association. All month we’re honored to share with viewers important content such as the docuseries “Founding in Color,” our ongoing “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement” series, and a new mini-documentary titled “Avenues of Dreams: Reclaiming MLK Boulevards.” Additionally, issue-based local Comcast Newsmakers segments are featured online and on the X1 platform, featuring guests from organizations such as the Underground Railroad Museum, Belmont County, Ohio NAACP, the Urban League of Pittsburgh and 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania.
- Supporting Black Businesses and Talent: Through Comcast RISE, we’ve made a multi-year commitment to provide marketing services, and technology makeovers, to underrepresented small businesses, including dozens in Comcast’s Keystone Region.
Our Black History Month celebration is part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion which was accelerated in June 2020 with a $100 million commitment to meaningfully effect systemic change. For more on this commitment and other ways we are honoring Black History Month companywide, go here.