Beyond Black History Month

The below article was initially published in The Telegraph. 

Reflections during Black History Month remind us of an astounding spectrum of historical firsts and life-changing moments with far reaching impacts spanning generations and populations worldwide. Yet, as this month quickly draws to an end, the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of Black scientists, artists, activists, elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists extends well beyond the twenty-eight days of February.  These pivotal and ongoing achievements are ones to revel in daily as we continue to deepen our understanding of the past to help inform new strategies and innovative solutions that drive positive change with a goal of creating a brighter more equitable future.

At United Way of Greater St. Louis, we recognize the challenging journey that continues for marginalized communities.  We remain committed and focused on addressing unique and pressing issues to help unlock paths to prosperity and remove obstacles. We continue celebrating local heroes and pioneers like Frankie Muse Freeman, James H. Buford, Martin Mathews, Charmaine Chapman, Norman R. Seay, Annie Malone, and honoring living legends like Dr. Donald Suggs, David Steward, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and lifting key Black-led nonprofits including Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis; Girls, Inc.; YWCA; Urban League of Greater St. Louis, and so many others positively impacting our local community and inspiring strategies across the nation.

As the leader of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, I welcome additional ways we might partner during February and throughout the entire year to continue moving the needle forward in our local community and beyond.  Visit for more information on making a difference today.

Ingrid Deetz
Ingrid Deetz