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Celebrate Black History Month

Virtual via MS Teams.

 Join us for our 2020 Black History Month event to celebrate, empower and embrace the talents of the black, Asian and minority ethnic workforce in health and social care across the Midlands Regions

Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the world.  People of African and African-Caribbean heritage make an invaluable contribution to our life in the UK.

The NHS is the biggest employer of people from a BAME background in Europe; with one-in-five of the workforce are from a BAME background. The significant contribution of Black British people in communities right across the UK in our NHS and schools, small business, arts, academia, sports, volunteering help make Britain to be the strong and diverse country we are today

This year we will be marking Black History Month with a number of events both internally and externally.

Black History Month (BHM) was launched in the UK on 1 October 1987 following a campaign by Akyaaba Addai Sebo who worked for Greater London Council (GLC) at the time. The GLC selected October as Black History Month to coincide with Marcus Garvey celebrations and the London Jubilee.

Black History Month recognises, rewards and celebrates the contribution made to our society over many years by the African and Caribbean communities. During Black History Month we remember and celebrate the important people from the past and also those who contribute and to and help our society today.

The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor of the journal of Black History, established African Caribbean celebrations in the USA. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who influenced the lives and social conditions of African Americans: former president, Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. 

Who can attend the programme?

Any who works in the Midland

Is there a cost to participates in the programme?

No, the programme is fully funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement.


Virtual session Microsoft team

Questions about this event?

Organiser : Wendy Walker

Email: midlands@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk