As part of Black History Month, Elements is featuring members of the Lab’s African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG). One of those members is Kelly Johnson, Talent Outreach & Sourcing Specialist in Human Resources. She has been at the Lab since March 2019.
Why do you think it’s important to recognize Black History Month?
It is important to reflect on the heroes, triumphs, and difficulties of our past in order to truly appreciate our progress and future gains.
When you think about the African American experience in our country, who are some of the pioneers or heroes that stand out for you and why?
One of my favorite musicians, Miles Davis, had an impact on culture as the personification of coolness and style in an era when the dignity of Black people were under constant assault. Also, John H. Johnson for building a publishing empire while depicting black people positively and supplying a sorely needed source of pride for generations to enjoy.
What are some of the ways you help support, enrich, or connect with African American culture?
I mentor and encourage young people to ensure continued progress of their craft, career goals, and passions. Also, I am an enthusiastic supporter of culturally positive art, music, and black-owned small businesses!
Consider joining the African American Employee Resource Group. Go here to learn more.