Black History = American History = Our Human Story

Black History Month honors the often hidden stories of Black people that make up the rich tapestry of American history. Celebrating individual history uplifts us all because our personal histories and what shapes us in our daily lives are at the heart of our collective, human story. In that same vein, uplifting personal stories is also a helpful reminder that our influence most often is found in the ways we encourage and inspire those around us.

For BHM-2022, we decided to highlight the stories of three YWCA staff members — Rebecca Diffin (Director, Supportive Housing Program), Kimberly Howell (Specialized Advocate, Sojourner House), and Charisse Mitchell (CEO). Each shares the profound influence of a Black shero or hero in their lives and how they have woven those lessons into the fabric of their daily lives.