“Allstate is committed to creating, supporting and sponsoring programs that empower the African-American community,” said Georgina Flores, vice president, Product Marketing, Allstate Insurance Company. “We are celebrating Black History Month by sharing inspirational stories of African-American pioneers who are impacting communities across the country today.”
The 2017 Allstate “Worth Telling” campaign will feature: (click on the links to watch each video)
Isaac White, Sr. – Founder of White’s Barber College (Mobile, Alabama)
Teaching a community how to stay a cut above is #WorthTelling.
Isaac White is a pillar in Mobile. He began his career as a barber in the 1940s and opened White’s Barber College in 1960, which offers barbering courses tuition-free to students who complete the work necessary for a barber’s license and secure a job by the end of the program. To many, the college has been a lifeline, and to others, a staple in the Mobile community. Mr. White is a hometown legend, and at 97 years of age, his smile remains undimmed.
Ariell Johnson – Owner, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (Philadelphia)
Breaking through on diversity and inclusion is #WorthTelling.
Johnson opened Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse as a way to promote diversity and inclusion within the comic book industry. Understanding the significance of African Americans seeing characters that look like themselves depicted as the hero or heroine of a story, she hoped that her shop could help promote the importance of representation in fictional stories. After opening the cafe in December 2015, and becoming a vocal advocate for diversity in the comic book community, Johnson’s likeness appeared on the illustrated cover of MARVEL’s Invincible Iron Man #1.
Aaron Walker – Founder and CEO of Camelback Ventures (New Orleans)
Using ingenuity to improve the collective reality is #WorthTelling.
Walker founded Camelback Ventures to address the inequities of education and social innovation by providing coaching, capital and connections to people of color and women entrepreneurs through a six-month fellowship. Camelback Ventures was built on the notion that genius is equally distributed across communities, but access to funding and start-up mentoring is often limited in communities with people of color. Camelback Ventures has worked with more than 20 early-stage entrepreneurs to give them access to the tools they need to be successful.
To learn more about the Allstate “Worth Telling” Black History Month campaign, please visit Allstate.com/WorthTelling or check out #WorthTelling on Facebook and Instagram.