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BEPM

Black Emphasis Program

The Special Emphasis Programs are created to improve recruitment, job retention, and advancement opportunities of minorities, women, and those with disabilities in the work place.  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 to foster a better understanding and appreciation of our differences.

February, also called Black History Month, is a time to honor, cherish, and salute the achievements of African Americans and to increase the awareness of the fight for civil rights.  In the 1960s, as civil rights activists continued to affirm the importance of African Americans to American history, Negro History Week became Black History Month.

Carter G. Woodson, the father of black history reminded us that “we should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history.” He continued, “What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” Only then will we live up to the Nation’s creed of freedom.--Carter Woodson on founding Negro History Week, 1926

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North Dakota Black Emphasis Program Manager

Steven K. Cole
District Conservationist
701-642-5997
Email: steven.cole@nd.usda.gov

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”  Booker T. Washington