In 2020, Fifth Third Bank announced a $2.8 billion investment to accelerate racial equality, equity and inclusion. Although the plan focuses on creating equitable outcomes for all, it has a specific emphasis on Black Americans, including Fifth Third’s employees, customers and communities.
The Bank recognizes Black History Month each February and honors the contributions made by Black Americans through history. In celebration of this year’s Black History Month, our regional and Enterprise African American business resource groups have planned several events, activities and virtual engagements that will highlight the rich history of Black culture, achievement and excellence.
These activities include:
The Cincinnati BRG is hosting the annual Black History Month celebration by hosting a virtual event that will highlight famous Black Cincinnatians in the areas of the arts, music and culture. During the celebration, various employees will be highlighted during a special segment titled, “We See You.”
Chicago’s BRG will host a virtual discussion: “Building Resilience: Visualizing the Pathway to Leadership” that will feature Black female Bank leaders.
Eastern Michigan BRG members will host a virtual documentary film screening and discussion of “Black Art: In the Absence of Light.”
Georgia’s activities for the month include weekly trivia and historical facts e-mails including information about minority businesses, a Black-hosted podcast that focuses on financial literacy, health and wellness; a book club discussion, a social mixer and a volunteer activity.
Indiana BRG members are working with the Urban League to provide food to people impacted by the pandemic. They will also send out trivia questions to employees throughout the month, host a book club, and a discussion session about diversity and inclusion.
North Carolina’s BRG will host a Black History discussion that will feature Black executives from the region. They will also send out weekly e-mails that highlight local and national Black leaders.
The Western Michigan BRG celebrated Black History month by hosting a lunch and learn where they explored the relevance of Dr. Martin Kuther King Jr’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, and a 21 Day Challenge to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice.
The Tennessee members will be attending the Urban League of Middle Tennessee “Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon.” They are also hosting Black History Month educational activities with local universities.
The North Florida BRG will sponsor the City of Orlando’s Office of Multicultural Affairs’ 2022 Black History Month Celebration (flyer attached). As a sponsor of the event, they will participate in several events that explore diversity, equity and inclusion. They will also attend the grand opening of an art exhibit that will feature local African American artists and they will partner with the Orlando African American Chamber of Commerce to co-host a Black History walking tour and networking event.
The Northern Ohio Multicultural BRG is planning a presentation with a speaker from the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland and a speaker from the Toledo Racial Equity and Inclusion Council to discuss updates from their respective organizations.