It's Black History Month and for Memphis in particular, there's a wealth of Black history worth highlighting. We at MAAR would like to commemorate that history and reaffirm the Association's commitment to inclusion.
MAAR's Diversity & Inclusion Committee would like to share some resources that may help expand our individual and collective perspectives and provide opportunities for practical application.
As a REALTOR® or Affiliate, you are in the driver's seat. You have more control in your community than you may realize. By focusing on celebrating, growing and strengthening our membership and community, we can all learn to be our best for our shared future.
Celebrate: MAAR is proud to have a number of Black-owned brokerages as members of our association. The city itself is home to many great historical icons, movements, events and locations. However you choose, there are many ways to Celebrate Black History in Memphis.
Grow: Get out of your comfort zone and learn about celebrating diversity. There are scores of resources and materials on this subject; here are a few to help you get started.
- "Inclusion Starts with I" is a discussion around the importance of a positive and inclusive work environment.
- "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" features Chip & Joanna Gaines sitting down with Emmanuel Acho to have an uncomfortable conversation about teaching their kids to "see color."
- Finally, "What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph" is a podcast with Brené Brown & Chad Sanders featuring interviews from fifteen Black leaders across multiple industries.
Strengthen: Use this time as an opportunity to turn education into practice! Take an action or step to include others or be included in a new area of diversity for you!