Black History Month 2022
October is Black History Month and we are pleased to be celebrating! It is an important time to honour and recognise the history, culture, heritage and great contributions of the Black Community in our society today that are so often overlooked and ignored.
The theme this year is 'Time For Change: Action Not Words'.
Black History Month:
Black History Month takes place in October every year and was first celebrated as an event in the UK over thirty years ago. It was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.
After the 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests, many organisations and individuals committed to tackling racism, learning about the black experience including the historical legacy of colonialism and slavery. This was seen as an important step forward, but the theme this year is calling for more to be done to tackle institutional racism in society. The 2022 theme uses the words 'Action Not Words' to call on real support from allies and encourage everyone to come together to actively make positive long-term change.
You can read more about the meaning behind 2022's theme here
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Advance
At Advance, we are proud to a have a diverse workforce who deliver excellent care to our customers. We have also established an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group which works together to ensure inclusive policies and practices are embedded in the organisation. Through doing this, we hope to keep having important conversations about topics like Black History, with colleagues and customers, even after the month has ended.
You can read more about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Advance on our dedicated webpage
There is so much to discuss, acknowledge and celebrate. Taking the time to read resources and educate yourself is a really important way to expand your understanding and show your support this month. There are a huge number of resources out there:
- Visit the Black History Month website and read their 2022 blogs which include personal stories and important topics
- Research BHM on social media - follow hashtags like #blackbritishhistory #blackhistorymonthuk2022 #blackbritishculture on Instagram and Twitter
- Follow the official Black History Month Twitter @BhmUK
- Watch documentaries like BBC iPlayer’s series Exploring Black History https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p07qtvnb
Finally, we would love to know what you are doing to celebrate Black History Month. Please let us know by emailing Marketing@advanceuk.org or EDI@advanceuk.org