Black History Month is a time to recognize the central role that African Americans play in shaping the history and culture of the United States. To help start conversations throughout the month of February, MNK employees shared their perspectives on influential African Americans who inspire them every day:
Varry Henderson, category manager, has been with MNK for 26 years. She shared her appreciation for Coretta Scott King, a creative, dedicated activist and wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Mrs. King spent most of her life at the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement, never giving up on the pursuit of equality, even after tragically losing her husband,” Henderson told us.
Wemi Fasehun, product manager, shared how Harriet Tubman’s tireless commitment to making freedom a reality for all Americans inspires her personal and professional dedication to improving others’ lives.
“Harriet reminds me that everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better,” she said.
Bobby Trawick, Ph.D. director of synthetic chemistry, has contributed to the research and development of many unique products for MNK. In addition to his research, he has continued the educational work of his mentor, Dr. Henry Cecil McBay, serves as an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis and has been working to inform youth about careers in science for more than three years.
“Dr. McBay represents the epitome of commitment to excellence in the education of African American scientists,” said Trawick. “I was fortunate to receive his direct mentorship as a student at Morehouse College, and I’m proud to carry on his legacy.”
Brandi Robinson, senior vice president and chief communications officer, takes inspiration from dancer and actress Debbie Allen in her approach to problem-solving.
“Debbie Allen helped me understand that out of limitations come creativity, and that I always need to understand my history while continuously moving forward,” she said.
Reginald Montgomery, payroll accountant, recognizes how the power of education can ensure success. That’s why this Black History Month, Reginald honored his mother Lula, who encouraged him to always do his best in school.
“My mother didn’t have the opportunity to get a grade school education, so it was important to us both that I have that chance,” explained Montgomery. “As an adult, she went back to school and completed her GED. I’m so proud of what she has been able to accomplish.”
Diversity and inclusion are at MNK’s core, and we value the varied identities, experiences, cultures and views of our employees. Our goal is to foster a work environment where all employees are recognized for the unique talents and insights they bring to our work. We’re proud that this commitment has made us an award-winning place to work on both diversity & inclusion and LGBT equality issues.
Thank you to these employees for sharing their thoughts, and to every MNK employee for their continued dedication to making our workplace positive and inclusive.