As part of Black History Month and with a nod to our ongoing commitment to sharing different perspectives within the Care Group, we asked three colleagues why it’s important to celebrate Black History Month.
We also asked them to describe some of the hurdles they may have had to overcome as Black people in the UK and what inspires them.
We enjoyed learning more about our colleagues and know that you will too.
Head of Advocacy & Interpreting Service, Lawrence Muyimba
“I have overcome challenges and adversity by being measured in ambitions and being open to cultural adjustments, where I feel possible without compromising my cultural values and beliefs. Also due to diversity and exposure, I have had to review some personal viewpoints I unknowingly preconceived as I grew up.”
Senior HR Advisor, Maxine Sarsah-Wilson
[It’s important to celebrate Black History Month] “To raise awareness of the oppression that Black people face even up until today and for non-Black people to recognise systematic racism. Also, for an opportunity to celebrate Black people who fought for freedom (Igbo Landing, Rosa Parks etc).”
Corporate Manager, Jerome John
“I think it’s important to celebrate Black history. It’s helpful to know the context of one’s past and to celebrate the achievements of our forefathers.”