We’re Celebrating Black History Month

Every day at Nordstrom we are inspired by the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. To celebrate that diversity, we asked our employees around the country to share who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate Black History Month.

We are loving their responses. They make us reflect on the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about. We’d like to share a handful of our favorites so far.

“Michelle Obama inspires me to reach out and help more with my friends, family and strangers. She has taught me that when everything is said and done it is all about family and love.”

“I’m inspired by Hines Ward, #86 of the six-time Super Bowl champs, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can get tackled by the biggest, baddest defender and get up with a huge smile on his face.

“He inspires me to not sweat the small stuff. If someone or something knocks me down, then I should get back up with a smile on my face.”

“Maya Angelou is the unequivocal example of a graceful woman. She inspires through her words. She uplifts, values all people and guides from the heart. Every day, I strive to lead with grace and the same genuine influence.”

“I’m inspired by Nelson Mandela, who once said, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ He reminds us that nothing in this world is impossible.”

“The Tuskegee Airmen are inspiring to me because despite being subjected to racial discrimination inside and outside of the military, they trained and flew with distinction. They enlisted at a time when many people thought black men lacked intelligence and skill, and their courage and determination proved otherwise.”

“Toni Morrison has created some of the most poignant literature that speaks candidly about American culture and history. Not only has she won Pulitzer and Nobel prizes, but her masterful works inspire me to move beyond the human condition as I seek to better understand those with whom I come in contact.”

“I’m inspired by Richard and Mildred Loving. When the State of Virginia refused to recognize their interracial marriage, and exiled them across state lines, they fought for their rights to live and love in their hometown.

“In 1967, Loving v. Virginia ended all race-based marriage bans in the U.S. In a time where some couples are still battling for their right to marry the person they love, the Lovings’ courage and perseverance remains a model for our nation.”

To see even more of our employees and their inspirations, follow your favorite Nordstrom store Facebook page, where we’ll be sharing more photos just like these throughout Black History Month.