Black History Month

WEST is proud to recognize Black History Month and stands behind the continued fight for racial equality. Each year, the US and Canada select a theme to celebrate the month. 

This year, the US is highlighting African Americans and the arts. Below, we share works from two artists: Amanda Gorman and Bisa Butler. Amanda Gormon is a spoken word poet who read her poem, “A Hill We Climb,” at the 2021 inauguration of President Joe Biden.  The final words, “There is always light.  If only we’re brave enough to see it.  If only we’re brave enough to be it,” struck the hearts and minds of the whole nation.   

A piece by Bisa Butler, a Black textile artist who created Anaya with Oranges in 2017, celebrates Black Lives. The artist’s work has a strong focus on Black identity through quilted murals.  

In Canada, the theme this year is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build. Visit their website here to learn more: 

Please help us to honor the past and look towards the future by celebrating Black History Month and all that it stands for.