Macy’s salutes Black cultural pioneers at seven stores nationwide with special appearances by Grammy Award® winner Fantastic Negrito, fashion icon Dapper Dan, Oscar® nominated Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter, Hip Hop Chaplain, Sir the B
NEW YORK, January 30, 2019--This February, Macy’s will celebrate Black History Month by honoring the cultural trailblazers of the past as we explore the impact they have had on the present. Leaders such as Dapper Dan, Oscar® nominee Ruth E. Carter, Hip Hop Chaplain, Sir the Baptist, Fantastic Negrito, among others, continue to inspire hope and encourage audiences through their accomplishments in areas including music, art, film and fashion. Throughout the month, Macy’s customers will have the opportunity to engage in stimulating conversations with these cultural pioneers about how they are continuing legacies in multiple disciplines. Special events taking place in Macy’s stores across the country will feature celebrity talent, performances and interactive activations.
Along with notable influencers, Macy’s own colleagues are celebrating the significance of this historic month as they reflect on the Black experience in America. Abigail James, GVP, Marketing Strategy at Macy’s, commented, “Black History is all around us, and impacts our lives daily. Having a recognized time to celebrate accomplishments, perseverance, family and traditions is an opportunity to appreciate, teach and expose others to the rich history of African Americans in the building of this country.”
Diversity and inclusion is a Macy’s core value, essential to the brand’s success and one that brings colleagues together as a united front. “Macy’s is extremely excited to host a series of Black History Month events at our stores nationwide that reflect on the Black experience and its extraordinary impact on our culture,” said Kristyn Doar-Page, Macy’s vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies. “From art and music to food and the empowering role of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in shaping generations of leaders, continuing the conversation of Black legacies and achievements is an honor that Macy’s takes pride in each and every year.”
Iconic costume designer of the film “Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter, will make an appearance at Macy’s Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles for an afternoon of insightful dialogue. Carter will share her experiences working in the industry and how Black history is an integral part in fashion and film. Grammy Award® winner and artist Fantastic Negrito will join Macy’s in celebration of Black History Month with a special performance and conversation at Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco. In New York City at Macy’s Herald Square, customers will have the chance to celebrate 100 years of the Harlem Renaissance as we celebrate the music, style and food of Harlem’s past, present, and future with fashion mogul Dapper Dan. At Macy’s State Street in Chicago, customers can enjoy a discussion and performance by Hip Hop Chaplain, Sir the Baptist. A Chicago native, Sir uses the power of hip hop’s influence to tell compelling stories about real people through his music. At Macy’s Lakeside in New Orleans, Macy’s Lenox in Atlanta, and Macy’s Aventura in Miami, representatives from Florida A&M University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, and Xavier University will participate in discussions regarding Black History Month and the impact that these higher education institutions are bringing to their local communities.
Macy’s Black History Month events will be held at the following stores:
Macy’s Aventura (Miami) – Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. with Florida A&M University
Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. with Ruth Carter
Macy’s Lakeside (New Orleans) – Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. with Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana
Macy’s Lenox (Atlanta) – Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. with Clark Atlanta University
Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. with Fantastic Negrito
Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. with Dapper Dan
Macy’s State Street (Chicago) – Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. with Sir the Baptist
For additional information on Macy’s Black History Month festivities and special guests, please visit macys.com/celebrate.
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