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Richmond Council celebrates Black History Month

25 October 2023

On Tuesday 24 October, Richmond Council and Public Health hosted a special event at Clarendon Hall to commemorate Black History Month. The theme was Saluting our Sisters, which paid homage to the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities. 

Black History Month 2023 also acknowledged the lives and stories of Black Britons who were living in the UK before the arrival of Empire Windrush 1948.

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Councillor Suzette Nicholson, introduced the event, acknowledging the borough's vibrant and diverse community, and the local organisations that have promoted black history and culture.

The evening begun with entertaining musical performances from The Richmond Music Trust who played a medley of songs and African drumming troupe, Mbilla Arts. The event included a variety of health and wellbeing stalls such as Africa Dyslexic United, Sickle Cell Society, Healthwatch, Age UK Richmond and Community Health Champions. Guests were able to find out more information about the services available in the borough and received free COVID test kits.

The event welcomed three quest speakers. Dr Natalie Daley, consultant in Public Health gave an engaging presentation on the history of British Caribbean doctors, as well as sharing her personal journey towards becoming a doctor. Dr Nike Arowobusoye, who has been a consultant for over 22 years, also shared a presentation on 'Nevertheless, she persisted' and finding your voice when it is being silenced.

Both talks were thought-provoking, inspiring, and gained praise from the guests. The final speaker was Ruth Bright, a member of the Age UK Richmond team. Ruth shared a heartfelt personal story about the barriers she faced and the importance of being positive and having courage.

Entertainment resumed following the presentations. Guests enjoyed The Richmond Music Trust band as they played songs from black artists. Traditional African and Caribbean food was served, as were desserts. The Sheroes Richmond exhibition was also on display for all to admire.

There was also a lively finale performance from the Mbilla Arts drumming troupe, who provided energetic, rhythmic melodies that had guests dancing.

The Mayor closed the event, thanking us all for being active participants in the celebration of black history throughout October and beyond.

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Updated: 26 October 2023

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