What is Black History Month?
October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black people and a time for recognising their contributions.
Why is it important?
Black History Month was first launched in London in the 1980s, with the aim of challenging racism and educating about the British history that was not taught in schools.
Throughout history black people have been present in the UK but there has been a lack of representation in history books. It is important to remember those who have helped to shape the UK.
How can we educate ourselves?
We invited Dr Catherine Muyeba to deliver a webinar to our staff, sharing the importance of Black History month and embracing diversity. Dr Muyeba is an Experienced Consultant Psychiatrist with a history of working in the hospital, community and prisons.
Dr Muyeba delivered an educational and inspiring webinar, with many important reminders, such as how we must work on individual change to create societal change.
We want to share her parting words; “Be curious. Seek to understand and communicate. Become role models of change, and get yourself educated. Reflect on your own identity, change the conversation, and remember we are all under the same sun.”
You can visit Dr. Muyeba’s website here
For more information about Black History month, visit https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/