Black History Month takes place every October in the UK and is a month-long observance to celebrate Black achievement. This year’s national slogan is #ProudToBe, actively encouraging all Black people, especially children, to be proud of their African or Caribbean roots.
In the 15 months since the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement regained traction and support globally, we have witnessed many UK and global corporations, public figures, and political and business leaders publicly expressing their determination to help advance diversity and inclusion within our society. The world was ready and hungry for change.
Black History Month is not only a way to teach everyone about Black contributions, now it’s also seen as a celebration of those who’ve impacted not just the country but the world with their activism and achievements. The month-long spotlight during October is an opportunity for people to engage with Black histories, go beyond discussions of racism and slavery, and highlight Black leaders, influencers, influences, and accomplishments.
Black History Month is more than a look back at history. It’s about the now, and the future of Black culture and contributions. For many modern Black millennials, the month-long celebration offers an opportunity to reimagine what possibilities lie ahead. Black history is a conduit for transformation and change that surrounds us, daily. Black history is made every day!
While Black History Month may celebrate the accomplishments of Black team members across organisations, we also need to continue fundamental strides in how we hire, promote, and empower our Black employees. It’s through representation that companies are able to show others what’s possible, open doors, and provide blueprints for success.
And so, the Diversity & Inclusion team at Premier look forward to celebrating Black History Month this October through various virtual events including: