Black History Month is a month of events in October which celebrate the culture, history and achievement of Britain’s African and Caribbean communities.
The aims of Black History Month are to:
The culture of Richmond upon Thames has been enriched and our society has been made stronger because of the people who live in Richmond, their achievements and those of their families.
In October 2020 we will be celebrating the achievements and contributions of Black people in Richmond upon Thames and across the UK with a full programme of activities and events. We will publish the programme in the next few weeks.
As part of our plans, we would like to create an online exhibition aimed at sharing stories from residents' past and present and reflecting on Black history in Richmond. We need your help.
If you are Black and live, work or are educated in Richmond upon Thames we need your help.
We would like to know your stories. That could be:
You can send in your stories online, via email or post. You can submit written information, photographs or video.
All the stories will be used to create an online exhibition that will launch in October.
See an example of part of Euphrasie's story, who works for Richmond Council.
At the same time, we are keen to know the experiences of local Black residents living in the borough to help us improve our services in the future and help us challenge any prejudices and behaviours that impact the lives of local people. So as part of the case study submission, we are keen to know more about your experiences with racism, how well supported you feel in the borough, what matters most to you and what barriers you think exist as a Black resident living or working in Richmond upon Thames.
This information will be confidential. However, we will use it to help shape a special themed Community Conversation event at the end of October. We hope that this ongoing dialogue will help local Black residents influence real change in the area in which they live.
If you would like to help us with our Black History Month programme, please tell us your stories and experiences in the online form. If you would like to discuss this programme, please call 020 8487 5159.
If you are a local group or organisation planning an event or activity as part of Black History Month, please email email@example.com and we can include information as part of the wider borough programme of events.
Updated: 12 October 2020