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Black History Month-Reflection by Joyce Wallace

Posted on 1st October 2020

Black History impacts and is part of local, national, international and world history.

This month is to highlight and celebrate   the inequality and relevance of the contribution of stories, histories, achievements, cultures, business, science, creatives (from Black backgrounds), that have contributed to our world.

Stories and icons you may have no knowledge of; are enlightened by- maybe curious to explore and once discovered eager to share.

The wider our knowledge, the more educated and understanding we are. Enabling personal growth and sharing that, in our communities.

We all learn differently so please see below a few examples of Black voices, Icons, Academics and creatives that have impacted on your past and may change your future development.

As an organisation we promote marginalised people having ‘their voices’ heard’ promoting an inclusive environment – at every level.

What will you uncover today that changes your view of the world, makes you think, inspires  and ensures that you continue to be inclusive.

Click the links below to find out more

Educating our little ones – Grace Byers Reads “I Am Enough”

Grace Byers is a Caymanian-American actress, known for her role as Anika Calhoun in the Fox music-industry drama, Empire.

Inspiring Heritage- Olaudah Equiano

He rose to prominence in the late 18th century as the leading black campaigner for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade

Emotive Heritage – Maya Angelo- Poet

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years

Excellence in ScienceDr Mae Carol Jemison

An American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut.

First  Black woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Sporting Excellence- Walter Tull

Walter Tull was one of Britain’s first black professional footballers, playing for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town in the years leading up to the first world war.

Pioneer – Emma-Clarke-Britains 1st documented black-female-footballer

Born in Liverpool in 1876 to parents William and Wilhelmina, there was nothing remarkable about Emma Clarke at the time of her birth, except perhaps that she was one of 14 children. Clarke, though, would go on to leave an indelible mark on football in Great Britain – a mark not fully realised nor appreciated until as recently as 2017, when it was revealed Clarke was the first black female footballer to play the game, making her one of the most remarkable footballers you’ve possibly never heard of.