Microsoft launches virtual museum for Black History Month

Microsoft Black History Month
Microsoft Black History Month (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has several projects and initiatives to help celebrate Black History Month and to drive inclusion.
  • The company has a virtual museum that includes landmarks, artifacts, and content from real-world museums.
  • Microsoft also highlights the stories of four employees.

February is Black History month, and Microsoft is helping people celebrate it in several ways. A page (opens in new tab) on the company's website includes links and summaries to the efforts Microsoft has in place that are "Empowering change and Black voices, today and every day."

"We're proud to amplify the voices of those who are working to build a better, more inclusive future—not just because this is Black History Month, but also because change is happening all around us and Black history is now," says the page from Microsoft.

One way that Microsoft is teaching people about Black history is a virtual museum. Shy Averett, community program and events manager at Microsoft, helped create the virtual museum that includes footage of landmarks, artifacts, and real-world museums.

In the virtual museum, people can explore the Underground Railroad, listen to music that affected the Civil Rights Movement, and learn about Jackie Robinson. It also has a section that honors "achievers who are shaping the future today." Groups and schools can register for specific events on Microsoft's website (opens in new tab).

Microsoft also has several pages that celebrate diversity in gaming, movies, and TV shows. The Microsoft Store has sections curated to highlight black creators and experiences. Microsoft's page explains:

In honor of Black History Month, Xbox is also launching a series of initiatives including fundraising campaigns for the NAACP, Gameheads, and Black Girls Code; a "Lessons in Good Trouble" world in Minecraft: Education Edition offering lessons in Black history; a special Black History Month nameplate in Halo: The Master Chief Collection; and programming on Twitch all month long featuring Black protagonists, developers, content creators, and streamers.

Microsoft also highlights the story of four employees who share their journeys.

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10 Comments
  • Wouldn't these movements just segregate black people even further? Instead of treating them as equals, you're separating them?
  • Yes, some movements can spur seperation, because it focuses on differences and not necessarily facts or embellishes factual info, based on feeling and not objectively and honesty.
  • I think, this was thought of as a to 1.) Highlight African American pioneers and things they have achieved in an effort to show that this group has contributed to not only their community(African Americans) but to other communities, this could help young African Americans in seeing a possibility beyond what they might exist i currently(aspire for more from themselves) and also inform other Non-African American people of contributions that they might not be aware African-Americans have been involved in. 2.) Contribute in correcting some slight or major falsehoods we ( all humans irrespective of racial constructs) might have been taught either in everyday schooling or passive education( documentaries, movies, articles etc) While I think a sub-section of people will benefit from this I also agreed and understand another sub-section might see this as segregating them further. So more needs to be done. And also for all societal groups in the different ways they might have been disenfranchised.
  • No, in this case it doesn't. It's because Black/African American people are not treated as equals why things like this exist. You can't ignore inequality or pretend it's not there to fix inequality.
  • Every "race" has a dedicated month where people are supposed to be reminded of history, and celebrate heritage. Except for one.
  • Found the whiney white guy.
  • No just someone who like their culture.
  • "Wouldn't these movements just segregate black people even further? Instead of treating them as equals, you're separating them?"
    Yes, of all the problems in the US, it's all traced back to ... a month's reflection on a people's history from their viewpoint, which actually requires nothing from you in terms of sacrifice, money, or even your attention. I'm sometimes supremely disappointed with the level of discourse and intelligence in our readers here. I'm very close to just turning off comments on our site as there is very little in a return value from them.
  • you really should turn off comments.
    You take people's comments and misconstrue them in such an outlandish way. You're an icon to a lot of Windows fans and I see the way you speak to them. Just ease up Daniel. I look forward to your sassy response.
  • The virtual exhibit is pretty cool. It highlights a lot of people you probably haven't heard of. They should expand on it and port it to WMR for headsets and Hololens.