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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Frederick Waithe

Frederick Waithe

February 23, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. Frederick Waithe, Executive Director, Pricing at Vericast, sees Black History Month as a great opportunity to re-connect with family and friends and discuss not only historical events but current events in the historical context of the African-American and African-Diasporic experience. “History is full of teaching moments that remind us everything is connected,” he said.

Who would he like to spend the day with? “I’d have to go with Frederick Douglass, not just because I’m named after him but because of the multiple and incredible transformative journeys he moved through in his life. I’d like to get his personal perspectives on how he dealt with adversity.”

 

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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Jacqueline Morrow

JACQUELINE MORROW

February 17, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. For Jacqueline Morrow, a Team Leader – Order Fulfillment in High Point, N.C. at Harland Clarke, a Vericast business, Black History Month celebrates our founding fathers and civil rights activists who pioneered a better life for her and so many others. Today, there are even greater opportunities for younger generations. The month is a reminder, she said, of the “incredible things slaves did to help us be who we are today.”

Maya Angelou is the inspirational person – past or present – Jacqueline would like to spend the day with, just sitting and listening to one of the greatest American poets of all time and learning more about what inspired her. Strong-minded with words that are uplifting, Maya Angelou reminds Jacqueline of her father.

 

 

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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Karriel Augustin

KARRIEL AUGUSTIN

February 10, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. “The importance of Black History Month is to honor and celebrate the lives and achievements of African Americans who have made transformational impacts on American society in different arenas such as government, science, arts and literature, education, business, sports, entertainment and many more facets of the nation’s tapestry.” This is how Karriel Augustin, a Plant Manager for Valassis, a Vericast business, in Miami Lakes, Florida, describes the significance of Black History Month.

Karriel shared that a leader motivated him with this baseball pitcher’s quote: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” Ever since, Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige became an inspiration to him. Karriel shares that “from his wisdom, I have learned to always look ahead. If I could describe spending the day with the athlete, it would be at a baseball park to learn what inspired this quote and many others.”

 

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Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Valerie Starling

Valerie Starling

February 3, 2021

Throughout February, we will introduce members of our team, sharing what Black History Month means to them as well as who inspires them. This week, meet Valerie Starling, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager for Vericast. Valerie shared that Black History Month is important to her because it’s an opportunity to recognize the contributions by Black people that aren’t often mentioned in American history. “Personally, it’s a time to reflect on my ancestors’ resilience and ingenuity despite unimaginable challenges,” she said. “It’s a reminder for everyone to learn about historical and contemporary Black leaders, though this education should not be limited to just February.” 
 
If Valerie could spend the day with any inspirational African American – past or present – it would be Malcolm X. Ever since reading the “Autobiography of Malcolm X” as a child, she has appreciated his personal evolution to becoming such an influential yet controversial Civil Rights leader. She would love the opportunity to have a conversation with him about race relations, the state of the world and technological advances now compared to his observations before his life was taken.