February 23, 2021

Category: Safety

True Story: "Black History Month Is a Special Time"

Black History Month is a time during which we celebrate Black stories, Black lives, and Black contributions. We learn about game-changing men and women and find ways to commemorate the occasion. We spoke with one of our team members to find out, “What does Black History Month mean to you?”

 

Rashida, Sales Associate in Memphis

True Story: “Black History Month Is a Special Time”

Rashida joined the ACE Cash Express team in 2019 as a Sales Associate. In her day-to-day work, she provides a variety of services, including assisting customers in cashing checks, adding money and withdrawing funds from cards, and processing loans, among many other tasks. We’re pleased to have her on our team!

 

Q: What does Black History Month mean to you?

A: [Black History Month] is a special time set aside for Blackness in all of its glory. We spotlight all the beautiful souls who implemented the blueprint that we benefit from today.

 

Q: How do you celebrate or commemorate Black History Month?

A: I research different individuals and learn different facts about them. If I’m heavy on social media, I’ll post a quote from that person. I just do a little research and try to learn something new. You know, we were taught the same things in school, [but I like to] learn about other people, some of the unknown people or forgotten people.

 

Q: Who is someone from the Black community who inspires you?

A: Well, you know, a lot of things went on last year [in 2020] emphasizing a lot of racial issues. There’s a lady by the name of Kimberly Jones, she’s an activist and a writer. And I came across a video that she did last year when she was expressing her frustrations about the George Floyd moment. She said, "America is lucky that what Black people want is equality and not revenge." That speaks volumes because it shows how we could look at [that event] as a negative, even though it is negative, but we try to be positive and overcome it in a different way. You know, rather than an “eye for an eye” idealism. We want to be treated the same. We want the same opportunities and not be left behind, to be considered just the same. The Black community wants to be accepted as peers and to have the same opportunities.

 

Thank you for sharing your story, Rashida!

 

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