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Black History Month: "We Are Family"

Black History Month is a celebration of African American heritage and achievement that takes place each February across the nation. Here at Cook Children’s, we value the experiences of each employee and their hard work to uphold Our Promise to patients and their families. That is why acknowledging and celebrating who we are is important to maintaining inclusion, diversity and equity. We will be observing Black History Month with weekly updates, recognitions and announcements so be sure to check this page often for the latest information. 

In the spirit of our Culture Platform, which encourages us to treat everyone “Like Family,” this year's Black History Month theme is “We Are Family.” The Black/African American Employee Resource Group (ERG) has a series of events and programming lined up for employees and patient families.  

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has dedicated the 2024 Black History Month theme to African Americans and the arts. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the influence of Black Americans has been paramount. Stop by the Child Life Zone at Cook Children’s Medical Center – Fort Worth throughout the month to celebrate and explore the vibrant world of Black arts and artisans!

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“We Are Family”

Celebrating the importance and strength of family to Black Americans. Activities for the month will be centered on how we share and live out that focus at work, at home, at school and in the community.

At Work: We've rescheduled activities that were planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which were postponed due to inclement weather.  Kick off our participation in chartering our first ever African American Family Advisory Council at Cook Children's.

At Home: Camelot Court at the Medical-Center-Fort Worth will offer menu items featuring Southern favorites enjoyed by families of many traditions. 

At School: Celebrating the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the Black community.  A Cook Children's-wide HBCU day is planned, when employees can wear their favorite HBCU gear.  

In the community: Celebrating the work of National Panhellenic Greek Organizations in our communities.  A Cook Children's-wide day is planned for employees to rep their fraternity or sorority. (Week of 20th)

Feb. 1-29Special food menu items inspired by Southern favorites in Camelot Court.
Week of Feb. 13: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, known as HBCUs, are public and private institutions established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They were established to provide Black people with access to education. 

Notable alumni:

  • Kamala Harris, U.S. Vice President 
  • Thurgood Marshall, first black Supreme Court justice 
  • Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the civil rights movement 
  • Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul 
  • Lionel Richie, singer, songwriter, record producer, and TV personality 
  • Spike Lee, film director and producer 
  • Michael Strahan, NFL Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, TV personality 
  • Erykah Badu, singer, entrepreneur, and actress 
  • Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician 
  • Toni Morrison, acclaimed novelist and Nobel laureate 

Cook Children's alumni of HBCUs, wear your favorite HBCU gear this week!

Feb. 15: Rescheduled Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceThere will be opportunities at both the Medical Center-Fort Worth and Medical Center-Prosper, and our satellite offices, to drop by and make “busy books" with crayons apply lamination to board games or make cards of encouragement cards for patients getting care in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centers, and their siblings. 
Week of Feb. 20:  D9 Week 

Once Black students began being admitted to northern universities, and after the establishment of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Black fraternities and sororities were formed. These Black Greek Letter Organizations are known collectively as the National Pan-Hellenic Council or the “Divine Nine”.

Collectively, the Divine Nine comprise nearly 4 million members:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded 1906 at Cornell University 
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, founded 1908, at Howard University
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, founded 1911 at Indiana University 
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, founded 1911 at Howard University
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, founded 1913 at Howard University 
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, founded 1914 at Howard University 
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded 1920 at Howard University 
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, founded 1922 at Butler University
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, founded 1963 at Morgan State University 

Are you a member of a D9 fraternity or sorority? Wear your favorite gear this week!

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Good afternoon: I am interested in joining the BAA + ERG committee. Could you provide me with the steps to join?
Detavious Hill
​Sign-up for our new ERGs using these instructions!