February 13, 2023

Google Spotlights Its Diverse Initiatives To Celebrate Black History Month

Tech powerhouse Google has shared how it is working towards racial equity to celebrate Black History month. 

From prioritizing product inclusion to partnering with Black businesses and highlighting Black history – Google has spent the past few years highlighting the culture and the work of Black innovators.

Showcasing Black creators

Last year, Google partnered with three non-profit organizations to launch the Image Equity Fellowship. The project supported 20 Black and brown artists through their artistic journeys. 

The tech giant helped them receive unrestricted funding, mentorship support, and workshops to help them advance their careers. The artists’ work will be unveiled in New York later this year. 

Google’s Image Equity Fellowship

Throughout Black History Month, Google Play will also share artwork created by Roche Crunchon on its homepage. If you’re looking to get a bit more creative with your browser, you will also have the option to change your background to a custom theme designed by Black artists.

Partnering with Black tech founders and innovators 

Google recently launched the Tech Equity Collective (TEC), an accelerator program to support Black innovators looking to break into the tech industry. 

Through the initiative, Google works directly with the Black community, Black-owned tech companies, and organizations to help create holistic pathways for Black tech innovators. 

Later this month, Grow with Google and the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. will host the third inaugural national Black-owned Business Summit. The event has been known for providing Black founders with critical workshops centered around teaching founders how to increase their value and reach a broader online audience. 

Google is also set to share exciting updates for its Black and Latino Founders fund, including a new application and awarding process for recipients. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.