Blog by Sandra Kerr OBE, Director Race for Opportunity
Black History Month – opening debate about ethnicity and identity.
Black History Month (BHM) is held every October in Britain and every February in USA and Canada.
The aims are to:
- Promote knowledge of Black History, Cultural and Heritage
- Disseminate information on positive Black contributions to British Society
- Heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to their cultural heritage
BHM is an opportunity to reinforce ethnicity and identity as part of the business imperative. Often, it gives all employees the ability to learn and understand different cultures and ethnicity in an open and engaging manner, as enables employees to bring their whole selves to work, and not feel held back by ethnicity or cultural differences.
Many of our members hosted activities throughout October to celebrate BHM:
The British Library brought together an exciting and varied events programme dedicated to BHM, from spoken word artists, to celebrations of 50 years of Jamaican Independence. The Library also announced the acquisition of the archive of the Caribbean British poet and writer, James Berry OBE. James Berry, one of the first black writers in Britain to be widely recognised for his work, came to Britain as part of the first major wave of immigrants from the Caribbean in 1948
Read some of the themes at Where Women Want to Work