National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Formally recognized in 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (also known as BIPOC Mental Health Month) was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the US. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate whoContinue reading “National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”

Juneteenth: Stories from the Past

In addition to all other forms of celebration, Juneteenth also highlights oral storytelling. There are usually open mics that allow individuals to share poetry (new and classics), singing, and storytelling. This is tradition also draws back to the story’s origin with General Granger’s verbal proclamation of freedom to the formerly enslaved Texans.  The recordings ofContinue reading “Juneteenth: Stories from the Past”

Juneteenth: Black-Owned Businesses

Supporting Black businesses is something we can do not just on Juneteenth the day but anytime throughout the year (shout-out to National Black Business month in August). Let’s address the first hurdle: identifying a Black business. Simply because a business sells products that are catered to the Black community, does not necessarily mean that itContinue reading “Juneteenth: Black-Owned Businesses”

Juneteenth: Food

Breaking bread with loved ones is an important part of African American culture, and Juneteenth is no different. These selected recipes reflect the holiday’s Texas roots. In the video below, NMAAHC Web Content Specialist Andre Thompson and his family show how to make the perfect brisket for Juneteenth. Here are some other great recipes youContinue reading “Juneteenth: Food”

Juneteenth: HBCU Celebration

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been a big part of the economic and social structure of the United States for nearly 190 years. Many students of color, many of them notable, have attended HBCUs thanks to the rich cultural and educational opportunities provided. Notable names such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Oprah Winfrey,Continue reading “Juneteenth: HBCU Celebration”

Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Granger’s announcement was two years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in other southern states. Although some enslaved people knew aboutContinue reading “Juneteenth 2022”

Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 2022 Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration thatContinue reading “Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month”

Arab American Heritage Month

April 2022 Celebrating the rich and diverse culture and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans, National Arab American Heritage Month has been observed during the month of April since 2017. Here at Victra, our People of Color United [POCU] ERG is excited to celebrate and bring awareness to the Arab heritage and cultureContinue reading “Arab American Heritage Month”

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21 each year. The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination. The International DayContinue reading “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”

Throwdown Thursday: Cheese Enchiladas

This recipe was submitted by one of our board members of POCU, Roberto Gomez. I’m the oldest of 4 siblings. Ranging from 28 to 11 years old. The youngest being born a few months before I graduated high school. (joke is my mom felt the need to replace me). My family lived pay check toContinue reading “Throwdown Thursday: Cheese Enchiladas”