Celebrating Black History Month

This February, we shared stories of notable Black/African Descent people around the world.

For much of Black history in the US, a lot of stories have gone untold. As we wrap up Black History Month, our team at Automattic — the company behind WordPress.com — wanted to share how we celebrated with our fellow colleagues. Throughout February, our Black/African Descent employee resource group, Cocoamattic, shined a light on some of these untold stories.

Each week this month, we shared infographics highlighting notable Black/African Descent people from around the world, from inventors and pioneers to Black-first and culture influencers. 

Join us in celebrating 21 heroes.

Learn more about Cocoamattic and our other resource groups or read more about diversity and inclusion at Automattic.

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  1. #BrooklynGirlCode

    Lovely. What a great way to cap off a very historic month! B-)

    Liked by 15 people

  2. moragnoffke

    Thank you, wonderful to read. Very inspiring. I hope you reach many people.

    Liked by 15 people

  3. JanBeek

    What a beautiful list of lovely people. It was fun to read about each one. Thank you for acknowledging their wonderful skills and successes.

    Liked by 17 people

  4. BabetteY

    Black history is great celebration! Know what is better.? You stop emailing me! Your support and product are the absolute worst! Just ask me, a dieing woman I’ll tell ya that truth!

    On Mon, Feb 28, 2022, 6:01 PM WordPress.com News wrote:

    > Shanta posted: ” For much of Black history in the US, a lot of stories > have gone untold. As we wrap up Black History Month, our team at Automattic > — the company behind WordPress.com — wanted to share how we celebrated with > our fellow colleagues. Throughout February, our ” >

    Liked by 6 people

  5. simonufana612

    Loving the right thing to do

    Liked by 8 people

  6. RuthScribbles

    I re-blogged and shared via twitter and FB

    Liked by 11 people

  7. Cindy Bragg

    Thank you, Shanta, and since Americans have been supportive of Black History Month for years, we hope the black community will return the favor by celebrating and respecting Women’s  History Month, which is March, and begins tomorrow!

    So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls. Why doesn’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women? -Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Liked by 6 people

  8. adrianajgarces

    I’m enjoying this now and really love the insights being well thought out in their brevity of words. Facts and wonderful way to remember and celebrate our roots- no matter where from. So far I’ve enjoyed learning more about Wilfredo Lam. As an Artist myself, he is one of the Artists I admire and have researched. Great inspiration from all shared here! Thank you.

    Liked by 11 people

  9. Chilekimle

    It is amzing news for me! Thanks

    Liked by 11 people

  10. Jermena


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  11. colorforhair2

    Awesome, thank you for sharing

    Liked by 8 people

  12. rkcdlitt

    It is said that history is written by those who win. This is wrong, history is written by those who endure the terrors and oppression and then go on to be productive. I am a retired white professor who studies, taught, and lve the history of my black brothers and sisters.

    Liked by 15 people

  13. M.W™

    Thanks you so much!

    Liked by 7 people

  14. TrinitiJewel

    Beautiful! I love, love, love this ❤️

    Liked by 7 people

  15. Seganyi Ibrahim

    Thanks lam from Uganda.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. Mallee Stanley

    Particular impressed by Zulaikha Patel’s determination. I’m sure we’ll hear more from her in the future.

    Liked by 6 people

  17. Grandma's Ramblings

    Thanks for sharing these stories! We need to know more about the contributions blacks have made to our lives.

    Liked by 7 people

  18. Singh Gurpreet

    Good news

    Liked by 8 people

  19. ThinkTalk

    Very inspiring list. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 8 people

  20. LOVE

    Beautiful Story, Beautiful Mind, Beautiful World!
    Thank you WordPress!

    Liked by 9 people

  21. Metro Square

    The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme and Black History Month 2022 Theme is “Black Health and Wellness”
    Thanks WordPress!

    Liked by 8 people

  22. gamerkjbruhur5

    I have seen black movies and when us white people did rude things to black people like in the movie Mudbound i was crying cause we were so rude and i just wanted to say to you black people im so sorry for what happend in the past.

    Liked by 7 people

  23. Asaph Morati

    Thanks for wonderful to read very inspiring

    Liked by 6 people

  24. dammieoluyemi

    This is so beautiful. I love this!

    Liked by 5 people

  25. skylimitsquad

    Gud stories to hear… Fantastic..

    Liked by 4 people

  26. evan578

    Wow Fantastic

    Liked by 4 people

  27. yattarichard22


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  28. Kavita Kamble

    Nice celebration..

    Liked by 4 people

    • Robin Hamilton

      Time to reflect on history and how this damage happened to African Americans And learn to not repeat the past…I am so sorry I can’t fathom the horrific loss of family  took from you..💔🥺

      Liked by 1 person

  29. suljhipaheli

    Thanks for sharing!:)

    Liked by 4 people

  30. Eric

    I love this

    Liked by 4 people

  31. Pankaj kumar

    thank you, wonderful imformation

    Liked by 3 people

  32. Art of The Headwrap

    This is great info. Thanks for sharing @Shanta.

    Liked by 2 people

  33. Nusrat Jahan

    Thank you,very helpful information

    Liked by 2 people

  34. tessy099

    Wow nice

    Liked by 3 people

  35. srivenus

    this was well put together, learnt something new! Thank you 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  36. omazpat11


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  37. Victoria Schwarz

    Loved this! ♡

    Liked by 4 people

  38. jdelancy

    I was well aware of the Fuller Brush company and how it started the door to door sales revolution but never knew it was owned by a Black person.
    “We’re Beatrice” was a slogan at the end of commercials on some of our most commonly used products such as Wesson oil. Only now do I find out that it was part of a Black owned multinational.
    Thank you so much!

    Liked by 5 people

    • mikeweinermd

      I remember “We’re Beatrice” from way back when. Seemed like it came out of nowhere and then just disappeared.

      Liked by 4 people

  39. thatsdatbullshit0253

    I am new and am looking forward to a good read

    Liked by 4 people

  40. Rakel

    This is very inspiring

    Liked by 3 people

  41. issaglow

    Very inspiring and wonderful to read.

    Liked by 3 people

  42. Ani😘


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  43. mikeweinermd

    This was the best part of March this year. Thank you for all of your effort.

    Liked by 3 people

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