Black Emphasis Program
Art Walker, Black Emphasis Program Manager (BEPM)
The Special Emphasis Programs are created to improve the recruitment, job retention, and advancement opportunities of minorities, women and people with disabilities in the workplace. Special Emphasis Programs promote fairness and equity in the delivery of programs to our customers. They also help to educate our workforce about diversity among various races, genders, ethnic, and cultural groups so everyone has a better understanding and appreciation of our differences.
Black Emphasis Program (BEP) - The purpose of this program is to provide focus on issues such as equal program delivery and employment, promotion, training and career enhancement affecting Black employees and applicants in NRCS.
2013 Black History Month: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
NRCS Black History Month Poster
Dr. King's Speech in Washington, DC
2013 Black History Month Presidential Proclamation
2013 100th Anniversary of Rosa Parks Birth
Rosa Parks Day of Courage
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress, inspired a social movement when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. That singular act of courage helped ignite the modern civil rights movement and a new era in the quest for freedom and equality for all Americans. Rosa Parks started a protest that was felt throughout the United States, and ultimately around the world. Her quiet, courageous act changed America and redirected the course of history. She has been called the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement."
The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, will acknowledge Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday and her inspiring life through the observance of a National Day of Courage on Feb. 4, 2013. The occasion is designed to inspire every American to take a stand and commit to engage in a courageous act that leads to positive social change—as Mrs. Parks did back on that now historic day in 1955.
The day-long celebration will feature a variety of events, including nationally-recognized speakers, live music, and dramatic presentations. Among the scheduled speakers are civil rights activist Julian Bond, Parks biographers Jeanne Theoharis and Douglas Brinkley. Also scheduled to speak is Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University faculty member and author of the award-winning book, “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa parks to the Rise of Black Power.”
The U.S. Postal Service will also recognize Mrs. Parks’ extraordinary life by unveiling the Rosa Parks Forever Stamp during a special First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony at The Henry Ford Museum, also on February 4th.
Here is a 15-minute video about black farmers in the U.S. It is very enlightening and gives a brief synopsis of each farmer and the struggles they go through, as limited resource farmers:
Limited-Resource Farmer Self-Determination Tool: The purpose of this self-determination tool is to enable potential limited-resource farmers and ranchers to ascertain their eligibility for various U.S. Department of Agriculture’s programs and benefits.
Click the link: http://www.lrftool.sc.egov.usda.gov/tool.asp
African American Informational Links