Deirdre James, Customer Service Warehouse Site Leader
Black History Month is a beautiful time of the year to reflect on the achievements, sacrifices and efforts of those in the African American community and has been observed for the past 53 years. The black community makes up about 14% of the population of the United States, so sometimes the significant achievements of people of color goes unnoticed. So, it’s an honor and privilege to have an entire month dedicated to us.
I grew up in a family of 9 with my mother and father in the home. We lived on a street where we were the only black family, but we were treated as human beings should be treated. My father did not have the same experience growing up in Arkansas, so of course he wanted more for his family, and he worked hard to help us have a better view of the world.
As I reflect on my upbringing and changes as I’ve gotten older, it makes me proud to see how far we’ve come as a whole, but I also see that there is still much work to do.
Things will never be perfect, and I don’t expect that. My expectation is to treat people as you want to be treated – with kindness, compassion, equally and with love.