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Life at McCormick February 06, 2019

McCormick Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, our African American Ambassador Network (AAAN), one of McCormick’s Employee Ambassador Groups (EAGs), will host a variety of activities and programs to highlight unique aspects of African American history and culture. Open to all employees, these gatherings aim to spark conversation while honoring the legacy and achievements of African Americans throughout US history. 

On the first day of Black History Month, employees gathered at the Hunt Valley Plant to learn about the legend and legacy America’s first peacetime all black regiment, the Buffalo Soldiers. Dressed in service uniforms of the era, the Maryland Chapter of the 9th and 10th Calvary of the Buffalo Soldiers brought the stories of the original Buffalo Soldiers to life. They shared countless stories of bravery and resiliency of the men and women who served to facilitate our nation’s westward expansion and who were the first to protect our national parks. 

Employees had the opportunity to view and touch hundreds of memorabilia pieces and view photos of the original Buffalo Soldiers. The Maryland Chapter provided the McCormick community with a very engaging, educational and inspiring experience by presenting the regiment in such a meaningful way.  The event, co-hosted by McCormick’s US Veterans EAG, was a true collaboration showcasing the impact and connection between military and African American history, in our collective past and present. 

During the rest of the month, AAAN plans to host events which focus on black history, culture and the celebration of accomplishments of African Americans. This will include a book club style lunch discussing Becoming Michelle Obama about the former First Lady’s life and achievements, a service trip to the Maryland Food Bank and a day hosting students from George Carver Center for the Arts High School Students to explore the intersection of culinary arts and innovation.