America’s beverage companies are committed to celebrating Black history, culture and contributions, as well as supporting Black communities to ensure a strong future. Black History Month is a time when we like to share how our members show their commitment, not only during February but throughout the year.

Dr. Janjay Gehndyu and Theodore Mejeur, Coke Florida Territory General Manager

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida partnered this year with more than 40 community organizations across the Sunshine State to donate 300 laptops, helping improve technological and educational resources in communities of color. At the Visible Men Academy (VMA) in Bradenton, Fla., 18 new laptops were donated to support the organization’s mission of creating an environment where young minds can flourish. 

“Our students improved their academic performance in the category of reading and mathematics proficiency by over 100% in school year 2022-2023 and with these laptops we’ll continue to aim higher," said VMA Principal Dr. Janjay Gehndyu. "This donation is a welcome addition to what will become our Coke Florida Laboratory of Learning at VMA.”  

At Keurig Dr Pepper, the company’s African American and Allies Employee Resource Group hosted "Fearless Disruptors," a month-long program dedicated to recognizing individuals who challenge the status quo and pave the way for future generations. 

Guest speakers like 20-year Keurig Dr Pepper veteran LaTyra Smith shared how their career journeys have been shaped by the company actions that extend beyond Black History Month. This monthlong initiative has served as a powerful reminder of the importance of community, dialogue and collective efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable society.

Tennessee State University’s marching band performs during the Pepsi National Battle of the Bands

PepsiCo turned to the arts to commemorate Black History Month with "The Legacy of HBCU Marching Bands," a documentary film which pays homage to the cultural and educational significance of historically black college and university marching bands. The film highlights the performances of eight premier bands from the 2023 Pepsi National Battle of the Bands, showcasing their talent, dedication and impact on their communities and the nation. 

"It's a true honor to document and share this legacy during Black History Month," said National Battle of the Bands Executive Producer Derek Webber.

To learn more about how America’s beverage companies are helping lift up communities from coast to coast, including during this Black History Month, visit