Black History Month – How to Get Involved

Are you an accountant looking to find out more about Black History Month?

We started celebrating Black History Month in the UK back in the 80s. Then we were educating ourselves on historic black events – as very little was known and discussed at the time.

Now, 30 years later, Black History Month is firmly established in our calendar and has evolved into a recognised tradition. Today, it’s more than a platform for remembering and educating, this is a time to celebrate and make change.

This year feels even more poignant. With summer 2020 witnessing the uprise of Black Lives Matter – it seems that most of us are showing an even greater interest in Black History month.

So, we’d like to offer you some inspiration and ideas for getting involved in Black History Month where you work.

Signpost employees 

Share resources with your work colleagues and followers. The Museum of London has some really interesting stuff online. The ‘Windrush Conversations’ are oral accounts of Londoners with Afro-Caribbean heritage sharing accounts of their lives. It is just fascinating. Eavesdrop on their lives while looking through the gallery of black and white photographs. There is so much online to discover. Why not share one resource, fact or black person to celebrate every day of Black History Month?

Volunteer 

Getting involved in local causes and charities is a great way to inspire, bond and make a real difference. Start by following Black SW Network on Twitter to find out about community projects and initiatives happening where you are.  

Indulge in some black culture 

Find out what’s happening in your local area to celebrate Black History Month and encourage others to get involved. Bristol is shining a light on their black history with a photography exhibition with stunning portraits. And there are many theatres around the country with shows celebrating black culture and performers. If you want to keep things even closer to home, why not encourage a bring and share lunch of African and Caribbean foods – make every Friday in October a special event like this. You could even invite a guest speaker to come along and get involved – a local black entrepreneur or activist. Maybe organise a book club as a meaningful way to discuss books by black authors and easy to do online.

Workshops

It’s not too late to organise a Black History Month workshop. Pick an inspirational speaker and invite your colleagues to an online workshop where you simply facilitate a conversation. It’s that simple. 

Make a change

Garry Howling of Public Practice Recruitment Ltd says, “Educating and celebrating are such positive things to do. We’re all for that! But if you’re followers of ours, you’ll know we’re all about action. Now is the time to look at diversity in your workplace. We’d love you to take a look at some of the resources we’ve put together.”

Black Lives Matter – how to continue to cause in 2020

The Black Pounds project

Black Lives Matter and your brand

Black Lives Matter – what you can do

We hope you do one thing this month to recognise and celebrate Black History Month. Please send us your photos. We’d love to see and share them for you. 

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