A progress report for Black History Month 2013: How far we’ve come and how far we’re going

Clarence Otis, CEO of Darden Restaurants, which operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster, is one of the 35,000 black millionaires in the U.S.

Clarence Otis, CEO of Darden Restaurants, which operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster, is one of 35,000 black millionaires in the U.S.

In the words of Kane Kinnebrew III, Black History Month is often spent mainly focusing on historic achievements. But what about the accomplishments of today’s African Americans? Despite how the media often portrays the black community in a bubble—or from one extreme to another—it’s time that we recognize the progress we’ve made in recent years, not just in the past. This is the first of what I hope will be many Black History Month report cards. Continue reading