From the Leadership: Black History Month 2023
The theme of this year's Black History Month is Black Resistance — the “past, present, and future efforts of resistance against ongoing oppression, in order to advocate for a dignified life in a just democratic society in the U.S. and beyond."
African Americans have made strides in the transportation industry, transforming our field through policy reform, activism, and production. While WTS International acknowledges recent improvements in mobility in the Black community, we also recognize that transportation has also been used to limit freedom and promote segregation throughout history.
For our February “From the Leadership” letter, we are proud to elevate the voices of the Black community and stories about the Black community — in our professional sector and beyond, representing our past, our present, and our future. This month, we’ll also be highlighting our own WTS International leadership who identify as a part of the Black community, and whose voices we strive to amplify throughout the year, not just in February. I am also honored to welcome Dr. Mia Bay to speak to WTS members and stakeholders on the 17th, educating us on the history of Black travel in the U.S.; and the impact women specifically had in challenging Jim Crow laws.
Creating and supporting a diverse and equitable transportation industry means learning from those who have been doing the work for generations and putting thought into action.
Sara M. Stickler, CAE
President & CEO
- ”A Brief History of How Racism Shaped Interstate Highway System” – Noel King
- "Seven Deadly Sins of Corporate Black History Month Programming" – Dana Brownlee
- "Becoming a Better Ally During Black History Month and Beyond - HRPA" – Human Resources Professionals Association
- ”Why the Next Step for Antiracism is Transportation” – Mouchka Heller
- "The Diversity of Blackness: Widening the Scope of Who We Honor for Black History Month” – Sumiko Saulson (they/them)
- “Racial Equity, Back America, and Public Transportation: Volume 1” – TRB Transportation Cooperative Research Program, 2022 - Thrivance Group, University of Texas at Austin, and Transform.