Oracle Celebrates Black Americans and the Arts this Black History Month

February 27, 2024 | 2 minute read
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The theme for Black History Month 2024 is African Americans and the Arts, with a goal of spotlighting how Black artists have used their work to preserve history, empower communities, and lead cultural movements.

 

The creativity of Black artists has influenced and benefited the work and professional lives of many Oracle employees. For example, Chris Boone, group vice president, Research Services, Life Sciences, said he is “inspired by the transformative power of art and poetry to impact social change.”

The contributions and legacy of artists such as Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat “played a significant role in shaping my professional and personal development,” he said. “Their profound and thought-provoking work remind us daily of the beauty and resilience of our heritage.”

Boone added that he consciously works to honor the significance of Black history by educating himself and others and by “mentoring young African American professionals and promoting diversity and inclusivity within our workplace. These actions are a means to remember our past and shape a more equitable and inclusive future.”

 

Throughout the month, Oracle’s Alliance of Black Leaders for Excellence (ABLE) employee resource group (ERG) is holding a several events to bring the Oracle community together to celebrate Black culture. Activities include an African Drumming workshop, speed networking and a book club highlighting Black empowerment. There are also fireside chats and networking sessions with HBCU alumni.

ABLE was created to enrich the careers of Black employees at Oracle, in part by focusing on inclusive recruitment, retention, and community engagement. With 15 chapters and counting company wide, ABLE members organize, host, and attend training events and workshops year-round to cultivate a community of support, mentoring, and excellence.

 

Check out more inspiring stories, experiences, and advice from Black leaders at Oracle and ABLE members.

Oracle D&I Editorial Team


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