Black History is not just for a month
3 November 2022
Throughout October, Richmond Council worked with partners to celebrate black culture and recognise that black history should be acknowledged year-round.
Black History Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of barriers to progress black residents face and is a chance to continue the conversation all year round. Although October is over, our borough’s multiculturalism is a strength and as part of that, the Council is committed to continue providing services and resources to our many different communities that encourage diversity.
For the last year, our schools have worked to reflect the diversity in our education system. By focusing on staff training and re-examining the English curriculum to include a diverse range of writers, students have been given the chance to discover a range of diverse experiences. Schools engaged with pupils and parents to create learning environments where children can learn.
During October, schools held an International Diversity Day and International Language Day which was well received by parents and pupils. The days encouraged to hear the stories of others and encouraged young interpreters to share their languages and show pride in where they came from and the language of their country, creating greater community in the classroom. To find out more on how the Council is working with schools, listen to Dr Kathryn Kashyap, a School Improvement Adviser, discuss her work on racial justice and decolonising the school curriculum.
Orleans House Gallery has hosted Lines of Dissent, an exhibition curated by multi-disciplinary artist Dzifa Benson. The show brings together pieces from the Richmond Borough Art Collection to reveal their hidden legacies and tell the stories of overlooked people. With artworks that include poetry, theatre and music, this exhibition includes themes of colonisation, love, resilience, migration, trade and architecture. The exhibition is running until January so learn more about how you can visit.
To showcase the importance of mental wellbeing in the black community, the Council partnered with HealthWatch and NHS SWL for a celebration of the black community and to showcase the mental health support available in the borough. Introduced by Councillor Nancy Baldwin, speakers conducted talks on the history of racialised mental health treatments and the mental health struggles that can occur in the black community. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with fifteen local organisations specialising in mental wellbeing including Age UK, Richmond Borough Mind and Richmond Wellbeing. Find out more about local mental health services.
Black Pound Day takes place on the first Saturday of every month to drive the growth of the UK black economy. The day encourages all communities to replace their usual purchases with products from their local black-owned businesses and is a great way to act and support your black neighbours. Learn more about the black residents who live, work and study in the borough.
Although Black History Month is over, there are plenty of ways to continue celebrating and learning about black culture in the borough. If you are an organisation or group working to make Richmond fairer for everyone, Richmond Council can help promote your work. Share your work with the Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to: November 2022
Updated: 7 November 2022