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. Read on to hear from Corporate Manager, Jerome John...
What’s your cultural Heritage – i.e., where are your parents from?
My parents are from Grenada, an island in the Caribbean known as the Isle of Spice, colonised by the French and then the British until independence in 1974.
Why do you think it’s important for us to celebrate Black history?
It’s helpful to know the context of one’s past and to celebrate the achievements of our forefathers.
What has your experience been like as a Black person in the UK?
My experience has been generally positive. I have not had the same negative experience as some of my Black friends born in the UK.
How have you overcome challenges and adversity?
My Christian faith informs my outlook on life and helps me overcome challenges with faith, hope and love.
Who inspires you and why?
Dr Martin Luther King Jr for his powerful speeches and articulation of his conviction of the inherent equality of all men.
Can you name a Black author or artist who inspired you?
I like the poetry of Maya Angelou - one of her most famous poems being, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.