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Kinetic Managers Offer Thoughts on the Importance of Black History Month

Monday, February 17, 2020

Each February, our nation celebrates the contributions of African Americans. The importance of Black History Month is, as Windstream Information Security Manager Anna Barnes put it, “it’s an opportunity, if people pay attention, and are truly interested and aren’t biased, to discover there’s so much information to be told.”

Windstream is working to connect new homes and businesses to the fastest information network available, and information is the meaning behind Black History Month. 

We extend the reach of information and communications systems, and we celebrate the wisdom it brings.

This is the first of four reflections on Black History Month, technology and heritage. We begin with Lorenzo Clark, vice president of inside sales for the company:

“I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, only eight years after the commissioner of public safety, Bull Connor, ordered his officers to use water hoses and dogs on African American protesters. So I was born into an environment that was tough ….

My parents worked for Texas Instruments when I was in elementary school. I was able to beta test the educational learning toys being invented there, like the Speak & Spell and Speak & Math learning systems. So I was introduced to tech at a very early age. Today, I consider myself a structured thinker, so my business approach merges easily with technology.

Technology not only keeps you efficient but at the forefront of change. If you want to be an industry leader you must be at the forefront of change. And technology makes everyone’s job easier, keeps teams engaged and encourages collaboration. 

My mother used to say, ‘There’s no such thing as linear growth. You have to be able to change your parameters to improve or increase or enhance.’ I’ve always taken that and tried to pass that along to anyone involved with me. Challenge the status quo. Attack it. Evaluate your parameters. Because, at worst ... you can always go back to doing what you were doing before.  

Knowing that black history is part of my lineage is so important to me. The leaders who shaped the Civil Rights Movement also shaped me, leaders like Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and of course, the leader of all leaders, Martin Luther King Jr. His “I Have A Dream” speech is probably the most iconic, most powerful address in all American history, not just African American history.”

Windstream is proud to count Lorenzo Clark among our executive ranks, and to feature more Windstream voices and highlight the importance of Black History Month. Please revisit the blog soon!