Black History Month is celebrated annually throughout February. During this time, we collectively honor and highlight the accomplishments of Black Americans as a nation and aim to learn more about the African diaspora. We will spotlight several members of our Goodwill family throughout the month and share how they celebrate Black History Month and what it means to them.
Meet Davon Barnes.
Current student at the Goodwill Excel Center
Davon is a student at our Goodwill Excel Center. When asked what does Black History Month means to you? Davon believes “Black History Month is time to appreciate black people and a time to look back on what we have accomplished through perseverance.” In addition, Davon believes “we should pay homage to past and present and also use Black History Month as a time to learn.”
Davon has always been interested in social justice issues and looks up to Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Noam Chomsky. “I’ve always looked up to Marcus Garvey because of his views on how black people should have pride, unity, and self-reliance.”
Davon plans to watch black movies during Black History Month for entertainment and educational purposes. Additionally, Davon will take some time to reflect on his journey and how he is proud to be a black man. “I grew up in foster care and had every excuse in the world to quit,” he said. “I haven’t, and I’m trying to be the best version of myself.”
Davon says of his long-term goals as it pertains to Black History, “I hope that Black History Month will continue to bring more unity and understanding not just in the United States, but around the world.”
Thank you, Davon, for sharing your insights on what Black History Month means to you.