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Varnum Celebrates Black History Month

February 7, 2023

In recognition of Black History Month, Varnum will provide a series of internal events and activities that commemorate and reflect on achievements of African Americans throughout history and in our community.

Central to the commemoration will be a firm-wide viewing and reflection on the locally-produced stage play “Frederick,” about the life and times of social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The firm is offering two video presentations of the performance, by local theatre company Samber Productions.

Throughout the month, the firm will also feature, purchase and promote products from Black-owned businesses in our communities.   

“We’re very excited to bring more awareness of historical figures as well as present day Black business owners to our internal audience,” said Varnum partner Luis Avila, who chairs the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. “Our goal is to provide interesting opportunities for our internal audience to grow in awareness and appreciation of the rich history of Black Americans, in addition to their personal observances of Black History Month.”

“Each year, we see wider participation and more engagement in our awareness activities and programs,” Avila said. “It is gratifying to know that members of the firm recognize the importance of a culture that values and welcomes diversity.”

More about Varnum’s commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found on the firm’s website.

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