Rules for working with Black speakers during Black History Month. No.1: Pay them – Campaign US – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Every February presents a new opportunity for corporations to get Black History Month events right. But, every year, tweets from Black speakers airing their frustrations about being approached clumsily by organizations take over my Twitter home tab. 

The problem is that many business leaders succumb to the temptation to think brand-first when it comes to their Black History Month panels and lectures. They fret about exceeding limited diversity, equity and inclusion budgets and facing reputational blowback from speakers who choose to unveil uncomfortable truths. 

It’s more important that leaders use events next month to

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