Celebrating Black History Month with Intentionality

February is Black History Month.  Welcome to another celebration of the achievements of African Americans as key protagonists in the American Story. 

Some might ask “Why is there a special month for such recognition?”  It is still necessary due to our Country’s history of intentionally excluding the contributions of Black people and other people of color to avoid the inconvenient truths associated with the circumstances many of these American heroes had to overcome to reach said achievements. 

It simply boggles the mind that there are shameless troglodytes among us who still wish to deny our young people the right to know the unvarnished and accurate history of the United States of America.  This knowledge is not about pointing fingers, but rather an illustration of why every American is part of our collective story and belongs at the table when solutions for becoming a more perfect union are being discussed.  Isn’t that after all what the essence of the word “united” is?
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is committed to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally in our business.  The film production industry offers a wonderful opportunity to expose folks from underrepresented and underserved communities to career and business opportunities with intention.  During Black History Month, we are holding a Production Assistant (PA) workshop that has already reached capacity, our Film Forward Documentary Spotlight & Workshop where slots are still available, and a special presentation celebrating Blacks in Film, especially those with Cleveland ties, to be hosted by PNC Fairfax Connection,

Production Assistant Workshop at Mt. Zion Congregational Church (2023)

2024 promises to be one of the best years ever for Northeast Ohio production with over $142 million in projects already committed.  If you miss out this month on taking a step to be involved in the Greater Cleveland film scene, click here to sign up for the waiting list for next month’s PA workshop.  In any event, visit the website, sign up for the newsletter, and consider becoming a member.


Lowell Perry
Chief Diversity Officer, VP Corporate & Community Engagement