To celebrate Black History Month we take a look at its origins and what employers can do to support it.
How did Black History Month UK start?
After visiting America in the 1970s, Ghanaian-born Akyaaba Addai Sebo, a special projects officer at the Greater London Council, founded the UK's version of Black History Month in 1987. The reason October was chosen was to empower children and young people to celebrate themselves and their origins in a positive way following the summer break.
Why we all need to celebrate Black History Month
Black History Month means different things to different people. It is an opportunity to reflect on the diverse history of those from African & Caribbean descent, and to celebrate their history.
What can employers do to support Black History Month?
Be Visible: - Communicate to all staff and highlight activities, local events, articles, and blogs. Display them in lifts, corridors, intranet pages, email signatures and desk drops.
Be Inquisitive: - Attend sessions on Black History Month, take the time to research, and share your findings with others. Start a mentoring programme, and task yourself to learn something new every day.
Share experiences: - Write a blog on what Black History Months means to you, profile BME staff, share who your role models are and why.
Remember, it shouldn’t just be down to BME staff to educate non-BME staff about Black History Month. To be a true ally, get to know the issues, the history and show your support throughout October and for the rest of the year.
Here are what some of our Members are doing for #BHM2020:
If you are a Member and want to share what you are doing for Black History Month 2020, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
What can our members share from enei to celebrate Black History Month
At enei we promote race from the equality act - within the Equality Act 2010, race means colour, nationality, citizenship, ethnic origin and national origin.
Make sure to check out our race resources here: https://www.enei.org.uk/diversity-inclusion/excellence-in-diversity-inclusion/race/
You can also download our race infographic here
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