The month of October represents Black History Month here in England. First celebrated in 1987, today it is about celebrating the rich history, culture and achievements of black individuals, families and communities. Through pioneering, innovation, talent, courage and bravery, countless black men and women have paved the way of possibility for those that have existed after them, inspiring many and making it a little easier for others along the way.
Some people of note that I find myself celebrating this month are as follows: The Obamas, Kamala Harris, Rosa Parks, Madam C.J Walker, Ruby Bridges, Sislin Fay Allen and OBE Doreen Lawrence. Amongst those names are the first black president and first lady of the US, the first black female vice-president nominee and the ‘first lady’ of civil rights. Additionally, the first black female self-made millionaire, the first black child to desegregate an all-white school in Louisiana (marshals in tow) and last, but certainly not least, are the Metropolitan Police’s first black policewoman and the mother turned Baroness who sought police reforms following her son’s untimely murder. I encourage you to read up on any one of those names and learn something new!