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Since the first Black History celebration more than 85 years ago, the observance of Black History has expanded from one week to a month and is a time where individuals celebrate the legacy and contributions of African Americans to society.
In recognition of the month-long celebration, Verizon Wireless is encouraging the public to build upon that legacy that others have paved as part of its Potential of Us program. The company announced that it will partner with actors Morris Chestnut, Lance Gross, Regina Hall and Keke Palmer to inspire the public to give back to the community and tap into their own potential to build stronger communities.
“I’m excited to be a part of Potential of Us because it’s something positive,” said Palmer. “The biggest thing I want to accomplish is to inspire people.”
Starting Feb. 1 and running through the month, the community can join Palmer, Chestnut, Gross and Hall to participate in a series of live challenges that include donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon to benefit domestic violence victims and survivors; teaching an elder to use technology; meeting someone who inspires them; and participating in a healthy run/walk. Those who cannot take part in the live events can participate in online challenges that range from reading to a child to performing a random act of kindness.