How to Celebrate Black History Month With Your Team
Celebrate Black History Month with these educational remote activities.
By the Offsyte Team, January 20, 2023
February is Black History Month. If you and your team work exclusively via Zoom or another video conferencing platform, you have to get creative with your celebrations. Thankfully, there are many ways you can celebrate Black History Month remotely. We've even done the legwork for you. Here is how you and your remote team can celebrate Black History Month at work.
Inspire The Kids
Throughout February, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) hosts several events to celebrate Black History Month. For your team members with kids, log onto the NMAAHC for its online-only Black Characters Celebration. This program was inspired by Encanto's Antonio, who has the power to communicate with animals. Guiding your team will be veterinarian Dr. Lauren Davidson, who will teach your team's kids about animal behavior and answer any questions that they might have about animals and being a vet.
Host a Black History Month Game Show
You can celebrate Black History Month and mix in some trivia with the Black History Month Game Show. During this event, you and your team will play multiple games centered on Black history — including Family Feud, Name That Movie and Pub Trivia. This game is great for large groups, as it can accommodate up to 200 people. The hosts will break everyone up into teams and then let the fun begin.
Foster Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Invite your team to explore their unconscious bias and privilege in the Navigating Diverse Conversations program. This is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) training workshop, and it's great for personal and professional development. Your team will go through a variety of exercises, games, and role-playing scenarios, all with the goal of exploring solutions to oppression, inequity and inequality. The Navigating Diverse Conversations host will present your team with a dynamic acting scene focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. After the scene is played out, there will be a reflection and discussion section, allowing everyone to voice their thoughts and feelings that were generated by the scene.
Have a Tasting
If you and your team enjoy wine, consider the Black-Owned Winery Tasting course. For this event, your team will sample two or three different wines from Black-owned wineries. The host will discuss the stories behind the wines and wineries, give instructions on how to properly taste wine, and answer any questions your team might have about it all. If you have team members who do not drink, there is a non-alcoholic option.
Play a Game
Celebrate Black History Month with Mini-Games Adventure, which is hosted by a 100% minority-owned business. During this team-building activity, you and your colleagues will play three rounds of games, all focused on Black History Month. Here's a quick breakdown:
- Guessing Game. A strategic guessing game in which your team will try to guess how many years were between key Black history moments.
- Word Puzzle. In this Wheel of Fortune inspired game, your team will try to guess the names of Black leaders based on various clues.
- Scavenger Hunt. A classic online-only scavenger hunt with a Black History Month focus.
The Black History Month variation of Mini-Games Adventure can be played with groups ranging from four to 100 people.
For more team ideas on how to celebrate and honor Black History Month, take a look at Offsyte's collection, 'Celebrate Black History Month.'
More to Know About How to Celebrate Black History Month with Your Team
Some common questions people have about celebrating Black History Month with a remote team.
How can you celebrate Black History Month at work?
You can celebrate Black History Month at work by participating in inclusion workshops, hosting a Black History Month-focused game or any other activity that honors the accomplishments of Black Americans.
What remote activities can you do for Black History Month?
There are a variety of ways to celebrate Black History Month virtually. You can look at the National Museum of African American History and Culture's offerings. You can participate in a Zoom activity hosted by Black-owned businesses.
What is the best way to celebrate Black History Month?
The best way to celebrate Black History Month is to find ways to honor Black Americans through educational and fun activities. You should also consider an event that pushes your non-Black workers out of their comfort zone — like a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workshop.
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