January 31, 2023

New 1Huddle Games for Black History Month

Dana Bernardino

1Huddle February Game Shop Drop

Welcome to The Shop: 1Huddle’s on-demand marketplace featuring unlimited access to thousands of skill-building, horizon-expanding games. 

We add to our catalog every month with fresh, quick-burst contests, designed to support whole-person development– games custom built to level you up across a variety of professional and personal skill areas, including ones based on best-selling nonfiction books, seminars, and exclusive workshops.

Our February release includes over 50 fresh games, and, in honor of Black History Month, here are 12 of our favorite new additions that celebrate and pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who fought to achieve full citizenship in American society. 

1. Black History Month

Category: Society & Culture

Description: Critics have long argued (for good reason) that Black history should be taught and celebrated year-round, not just during one month each year– or, at the very least, during a different month than February, the shortest month of the year.

But Carter G. Woodson, the “father of Black history,” who set out in 1926 to designate a time to promote Black history and culture, chose February for a very specific reason: its second week coincides with the birthdates of both former US President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer Frederick Douglass.

And now you can play this game all-February-long to learn about the history behind Black History Month, and the rich contributions African Americans have in spite of the adversity they endured to achieve full citizenship in American society.

2. All Stars Project

Category: Company Trivia

Description: Our partners over at The All Stars Project work to transform the lives of youth from poor and underserved communities, and in February they kick their efforts into overdrive!

As a member of our Social Impact family, they’re a big part of why we do the work we do, and we’re especially pleased to highlight their advocacy work with  this freshly updated game. 

Play to learn all about the special programming they have in store in honor of Black History Month!

3. Across That Bridge

Category: Books & Entertainment

Description: Across That Bridge is a poignant account from one of America’s most powerful activists on the qualities that protestors need to embody to bring about lasting change. 

Here, Lewis uses personal recollections – from freedom rides to bus boycotts to the March on Washington – to impart lessons about the nonviolent protest to the next generation of dreamers.

Play, protest, empower.

4. Just Mercy

Category: Books & Entertainment

Description: This worldwide bestseller is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. Get ready to play! 

5. Shirley Chisolm

Category: Society & Culture

Description: In the late ’60s, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress, and in 1972, she became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Ready to play the game on Congresswoman Chisholm’s extraordinary life and legacy?

6. Becoming

Category: Books & Entertainment

Description: Since its release in 2018, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir has come to be considered one of the 50 most impactful books of the past 50 years. 

In this New York Times bestseller, Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her life—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her tenure as the first African American First Lady of the United States.

7. Rise Up

Category: Books & Entertainment

Description: Reverend Al Sharpton’s Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads, is a rousing call to action, drawing on lessons learned from his years as a minister, as a politician, and as a civil rights leader. 

Sharpton believes America stands “at a historical turning point,” and in this book, tries to outline a plan for action. He revisits the highlights of the Obama administration, the 2016 election and Trump’s subsequent hold on the GOP; discusses those he calls “latte liberals” ; the Christian right (“not right Christians”); and the threat posed by those who seek to hold power, only for power’s sake: “the higher up they are in the chain, the more they want to keep things quiet lest they lose the power that got them to that position in the first place.” 

Play this game– and prepare to get fired up!

8. James Baldwin

Category: Society & Culture

Description: James Baldwin was an essayist, playwright, novelist, and voice of the American civil rights movement who is acclaimed for his insights on race, spirituality, and humanity. Baldwin’s insights on the struggle of Black Americans and the saving power of brotherhood still ring true today. Play the game to find out more about James Baldwin’s upbringing, activism, and impact on world history!

9. Know Your Rights

Category: Society & Culture

Description: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” The ACLU has over 1,200,000 members, an annual budget of over $300 million, and has local affiliates active in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The rights and protections enshrined in American citizenship were not granted to African Americans– they had to fight for them. What better way to honor their struggle and celebrate their achievements than to make sure you know your rights?

Play this game to ensure that no matter what situation you’re in, you can voice and defend your rights.

10. Muhammad Ali

Category: Society & Culture

Description: Nicknamed “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time– but Ali wasn’t just an amazing boxer. 

He was also an accomplished activist, philanthropist, and so much more. Play this game to learn about one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century.

11. Malcolm X

Category: Society & Culture

Description: Malcolm X was a minister, a leader in the civil rights movement and a supporter of Black nationalism. Born Malcolm Little, he adopted the last name X to symbolize his unknown African ancestral surname following his conversion to Islam.

He felt Dr.King’s teachings were no match for the task at hand, and that securing rights for Black Americans would take a “by any means necessary”  approach.

Those advocating nonviolence were, in his view, deluded: “Any time you’re living in the 20th century,” he told his followers, “and you’re walking around singing ‘We Shall Overcome,’ the government has failed you.”

His advice? “Stop singing and start swinging.” 

Play this game to learn more about Malcolm X’s life and legacy, and why for him the fight for civil rights came down to “the ballot or the bullet.”

12. Nelson Mandela

Category: Society & Culture

Description: Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as the first Black President of South Africa. Let’s see how much you know about one of history’s most revolutionary leaders!

Game on!

About 1Huddle

1Huddle is a coaching and development platform that uses quick-burst mobile games to more quickly and effectively educate, elevate, and energize your workforce — from frontline to full-time.

With a mobile-first approach to preparing the modern worker, a mobile library of 3,000+ quick-burst employee skill games, an on-demand game marketplace that covers 16 unique workforce skill areas, and the option for personalized content, 1Huddle is changing the way organizations think about their training – from a one-time boring onboarding experience to a continuous motivational tool. 

Key clients include Loews Hotels, Novartis, Madison Square Garden, PIMCO, TAO Group, and the United States Air Force. To learn more about 1Huddle and its platform, please visit 1huddle.co.

Dana Bernardino, Manager of Digital Marketing at 1Huddle

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