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Celebrating Black History Month 2020

2020 - October, Latest news

We've joined with a number of other organisations to make this joint Black History Month 2020 statement:

Since 1987, Black History Month has been an important annual celebration of the achievements of people of African and Caribbean descent in the UK. This year, Black History Month has renewed significance.

The impact the Windrush scandal has had on the lives of many people of Caribbean descent, along with the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, has refocused attention on the everyday realities faced by Black people in the UK.

As social housing organisations we have come together to mark this year’s Black History Month because these are significant issues that different institutions and sectors need to address. Together, we have shared ideas and initiatives that focus on our Black communities. Together, we have had difficult, but necessary, conversations about the role race plays within society and within our organisations. Together, we don’t have all the answers, but we are not afraid to ask the questions.

We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected those of black descent. We know that this is, in some part, due to years of social and economic deprivation, rooted in the inequalities that are widespread within Black communities. We know that more should be done by those with the power to do so, including social housing organisations.

Black History Month provides an opportunity for us to collectively recognise and appreciate the achievements of black British people, of their heritage and culture, of their historical role within British communities across the UK. Black British history is our history. Simultaneously, Black History Month gives us the chance to provide context to present-day issues, such as the impact that colonialism and slavery has had on the lives of black people.

Together, we are committed to raising awareness within our communities, celebrating and recognising the outstanding contributions that people of African and Caribbean descent have made.

Together, we stand committed to providing opportunities for colleagues to learn about, and to tackle, racial inequality and social injustice.

Together, we will use our collective might to deliver change for the better – for our residents, our colleagues and our communities.

Thank you to friends and colleagues at A2 Dominion Group, Catalyst Housing, The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment, Clarion Group, Longhurst Group, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing, Peabody, Phoenix Community Housing and Sovereign Housing.     

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