In the United States, February is Black History Month.Black History Month is more than just a month. It’s a reminder of the hardships Black Americans have faced and continue to face, and it’s a chance to celebrate the Black community, Black culture, and Black excellence.
Additionally, this opportunity for reflection and celebration does not and should not just span the 28 days of February. It’s a call-to-action for the months and years ahead. Black history is American history.
Listed below are several tremendous associations that support Black and minority individuals in the architecture, interior, landscape, and entertainment design industries.
Organization: The Directory of African American Architects
Description: “The Directory of African American Architects is maintained as a public service to promote an awareness of who African American architects are and where they’re located. The sole qualification for listing is licensure in one of the fifty US jurisdictions and their territories.”
Organization: National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
Description: A part of the National Organization of Minority Architects, NOMAS offers student chapters and several universities across the United States.
Organization: United in Design
Description: “United in Design is driven by a clear need to deliver an equal opportunity pathway for entry into the Interior Design industry for people from Black, Asian, ethnic minority, and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Organization: National Association of Minority Landscape Architects
Description: “NAMLA’s purpose is to increase minority representation at all levels of landscape architecture practice and academia.”
Organization: The Black Theatre Network
Description: “The Black Theatre Network is comprised of artists, educators, scholars, students and theatre lovers who are dedicated to the exploration and preservation of the theatrical visions of the African Diaspora. For 35 years, the Black Theatre Network has collected, processed, and distributed information that supports the professional and personal development of its membership (comprised of individuals engaged in the full range of theatre professions, professional and community theatres and organizations, and academic institutions).”
Please consider supporting and/or joining these organizations. We can always do more to promote equality, equity, and diversity.