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4 Ways Our Firm Honored and Celebrated Black History Month in 2021

Brown & Crouppen is honored to celebrate the rich and diverse history, culture, and achievements of people of African descent around the world. Honoring Black History Month with more than 200 employees working remotely this year looked very different at Brown & Crouppen and manifested in a month-long virtual celebration focusing on:

Black History Education

Daily posts created by B&C employees highlighting historical facts, important people and topics in the African American community around the world and in St. Louis including Stacey Abrams, Richard Hudlin, Lincoln University School of Law, Amanda Gorman, Kamala Harris, Kizzmekia Corbett, Black Lives Matter and the list goes on! If you did not recognize any of the names or would like to know more about the topics listed, educate yourself!

St. Louis African American Small Businesses

Supporting African American small businesses In the St. Louis community by providing an opportunity to present their story, tell us about their business and their passion at our weekly virtual all-hands meetings and raffled gift cards to the businesses mentioned below:

  • CC’s Vegan Spot – 231 E Delmar Ave, Alton, IL 62002
  • La Patisserie Chouquette – 1626 Tower Grove Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110
  • Bold Spoon Creamery – Saint Louis, MO
  • Patty’s Cheesecakes – Saint Louis, MO

Renowned St. Louis Leaders Speaker Series

Renowned leaders and speakers from the St. Louis region presented important topics related to Black History to Brown & Crouppen employees and leadership at our all-hands meetings, which created a safe place to learn and have important dialogues.

  • Vincent Flewellen – Chief Diversity Officer at Webster University
  • Lerone A. Martin – Associate Professor in Religion and Politics, Director of the American Culture Studies Program at Washington University
  • Stephen Graves – Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Black Studies at University of Missouri
  • Daive Dunkley – Associate Professor in the Department of Black Studies, Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at University of Missouri

Celebrity Cameos

Brown & Crouppen has cultivated the B&C culture by adding a fun and motivating aspect to the virtual weekly all-hands meeting for the staff working from home. Weekly all-hands meetings at Brown & Crouppen ends with a Cameo featuring a notable figure and during Black History Month we chose to feature celebrities like Daymond John, the founder, President and CEO of FUBU and an investor on the popular series Shark Tank.

“At B&C, we often credit our culture as a differentiating factor that contributes to our success and makes us so unique. A key element of our culture, as is made clear by our Mission Statement, is to create an inclusive environment where we invite and encourage diverse perspectives, ideas, and people. This diversity facilitates innovation, which benefits our clients, our firm, and ultimately our community. Our primary goal with this annual celebration is to raise awareness and promote ongoing conversations. By learning about the experiences and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history, we’re in a better position to encourage the societal changes this country deserves.”

Graham Roper, Director of Client Experience at Brown & Crouppen.

Brown & Crouppen makes a conscious effort to not celebrate Black History Month exclusively in February, but throughout the year and we encourage you to do the same to meet the global challenges and opportunities of today and preparing for a better tomorrow.

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