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Changing the World: Observing Black History Month 2022

Bonny Calfy | February 11, 2022

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of Black achievement and a time to recognize the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history. We’re proud to take this opportunity to self-educate, explore and amplify Black voices both past and present. Below are quotes from a wide range of individuals with different backgrounds and spheres of influence, all who made unique contributions to America’s story.

“I love Black History Month because I love to hear about the contributions that my ancestors made in this country.” —Aundrea S., Paycom workplace well-being adviser

 We observe this year’s Black History Month and celebrate the power of diversity as it weaves through our past, present and future.


“When a man starts out to build a world, he starts first with himself.”Langston Hughes

Best known as a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes articulated his vision for a better future through poetry, prose and essays that are still timely and insightful.


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”Maya Angelou

The work of contemporary authors like Angelou continues to resonate with diverse audiences and give voice to the spirit of progress.


“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”George Washington Carver

Carver was born into slavery but went on to become the most prominent Black scientist of the 20th century. If you appreciate the drive and optimism necessary to innovate in any field, then Carver’s story is a true inspiration.


“Black History Month highlights the persistency and strength of my culture throughout history, and it illuminates trailblazers and their contributions within modern-day society.” —Tara R., Paycom verification specialist

Tara’s right. Black History Month is significant because the effects of these people and their achievements are still felt today. The examples are numerous, but we chose a few that really stood out to us.


“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.” —Jesse Owens

You can’t tell the story of Owens without mentioning his medal-winning performance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. But one year earlier, at the 1935 Big Ten track meet, he set three world records and tied one more in less than an hour. It’s been called “the greatest 45 minutes in sports,” and it’s a record that still stands today.


“To discover the truth of today and perhaps find the greatness of tomorrow.” —Jackie Robinson

Robinson is remembered for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, but after his athletic career, he became the first black vice president of a major American corporation and helped establish the black-owned Freedom National Bank in Harlem, New York.


“The beauty of America is in the diversity of her people.” —Clara Luper

The civil rights movement wasn’t limited to big names and major cities. In our home state of Oklahoma, high school teacher Luper fought for desegregation in Oklahoma City as one of the leaders of the 1958 Oklahoma City sit-in movement.


This February, Paycom is proud to celebrate Black History Month and recognize the uplifting power of diversity both within our organization and across every part of society.

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Bonny Calfy
As Paycom’s employer brand supervisor, Bonny Calfy oversees all recruitment marketing and employer brand efforts nationwide. Her brand awareness efforts extend over 10 years and have included launching the Paycom Careers blog and social media channels and producing recruitment videos, all to help attract top talent nationwide. Outside work, Bonny enjoys reading; fishing; and spending time with her husband, children and friends.