Top Brands, Stores Honor Black History Month

Top Brands, Stores Honor Black History Month

Published: February 26, 2024

February brings renewed focus on the contributions and experiences of the Black community in the United States, with Black History Month serving as a catalyst for various initiatives from companies across different industries.

This year saw a continuation of the trend, with major brands and stores launching products, campaigns and partnerships to honor and celebrate Black history and culture.

Converse

To commemorate Black History Month, the iconic sneaker brand has launched a capsule collection titled "Black Joy."

Inspired by the vibrant energy of the Harlem Renaissance, the collection features two new designs for its popular Chuck 70 and Chuck Taylor All Star Lift shoes.

This launch builds upon Converse's ongoing commitment to supporting Black communities, with the company having donated an estimated total of $3.9 million to relevant organizations since 2015.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s has partnered with Emmy-nominated illustrator Erin K. Robinson, known as Brooklyn Dolly, to design a special clothing and home decor collection.

 
 
 
 
 
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This line, offered through Kohl's Sonoma Community brand, reflects Robinson's diverse artistic style and celebrates Black femininity.

Additionally, Kohl's has donated $100,000 to the National Urban League through its Kohl's Cares platform, supporting the organization's work towards economic empowerment, social justice and civil rights for marginalized communities.

Netflix

Streaming giant Netflix curated a "Black History Is American History" collection, showcasing a diverse range of Black-led films, documentaries and TV shows.

Netflix celebrates Black History Month with a curated collection.
Netflix's "Black History Is American History" collection (Source: Netflix)

This initiative provides an accessible platform for viewers to explore Black stories and perspectives, promoting cultural understanding and appreciation.

REVOLT

Media platform REVOLT launched the "Imagine If" campaign, empowering Black creators to utilize artificial intelligence (AI) to challenge historical misrepresentations and reshape narratives about Blackness.

 
 
 
 
 
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Throughout February, selected artists and writers will use REVOLT's digital resources to freely depict a Black future, aiming to break free from conventional boundaries and showcase the potential of Black artistic expression without limitations.

Sephora

During Black History Month, Sephora, the first major retailer to sign the “15 Percent Pledge,” is amplifying its support for Black-owned brands as it continues to advocate for diversity and inclusion within the beauty industry.

 
 
 
 
 
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This initiative highlights Sephora's ongoing commitment to the pledge, which calls for businesses to dedicate at least 15% of their shelf space to products from Black-owned businesses.

Target

The retail giant partnered with the iconic Gee's Bend quilters to create a limited-edition home goods collection.

This collaboration not only brought beautiful handmade pieces to consumers but also supported the Gee's Bend Cultural Center, preserving the artistic legacy of this historically significant Black community.

 
 
 
 
 
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Additionally, Target’s "Celebrating Black History Month" collection is offering products from Black-owned businesses.

Walmart

Walmart is extending its "Black & Unlimited" platform to physical stores, focusing on empowering Black creators and brands by leveraging Walmart's extensive reach.

This will allow customers to easily discover and purchase products from Black-owned businesses. The company has also launched a dedicated section on its website specifically showcasing Black-led brands.

 
 
 
 
 
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These diverse efforts aimed to celebrate Black heritage, amplify Black voices, and promote cultural understanding within their respective industries.

By engaging with Black communities and audiences, these brands contributed to a broader conversation about Black history and its ongoing significance in the present and future.

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