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Black History Month: Education is Empowerment


In celebration of Black History Month, my Team, the Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Department sponsored The Washington Informer First Annual African American Heritage Tour in the District of Columbia. 

Nicole Watson and her family receive the grand prize from Karen.

Two of the 600 participants took home the grand prize of two roundtrip Southwest Airline tickets for correctly answering trivia questions taken from the Black History Journal written by Robert Taylor. The Washington Informer is an African American and woman owned weekly newspaper established in 1964 with a mission to educate, empower and inform readers about the positive news in the Black community.  Therefore, The Washington Informer does not cover crime news.


The three-hour tour was conducted by Capital Entertainment Services, an African American-owned tour and transportation company, located in DC.  CES has received national recognition for its African American tours, which have been featured on travel shows and magazines across the country. Participants enjoyed a continental breakfast, catered lunch, a presentation by a Frederick Douglass animatron, a visit to the White House grounds, Frederick Douglass’ home, and Lincoln Park.  For more info, click here for a video.

I think that education through various resources is a key component to empowerment. Southwest Airlines is proud to support this and other Washington Informer Charities events like the D.C. Spelling Bee, which helps students to be empowered through words.