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 Head of Advocacy & Interpreting Service, Lawrence Muyimba...
What’s your cultural Heritage – i.e., where are your parents from?
I originate from the Buganda Kingdom. This is in Uganda -East Africa.
Why do you think it’s important for us to celebrate Black history?
Being born and growing as a subject of the King of Buganda, I treasure culture and respect norms and traditions of our diverse communities, for they are the foundations of the present and the future of these very communities. Therefore, celebrating Black history is one of the ways of saying to Black communities: “Be proud of who you are, cherish your beliefs and values and promote unity”.
What has your experience been like as a Black person in the UK?
It has been a life of constant learning with cautious approaches and acceptance of terms and conditions of being a foreign UK citizen.
How have you overcome challenges and adversity?
By being measured in ambitions and being open to cultural adjustments, 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.
Who inspires you and why?
I am always inspired by Nelson Mandela, for he identified a genuine community cause and stood determined and consistently to fight unfairness against Black people in South Africa.
Can you name a Black author or artist who inspired you?
Barrack Hussein Obama and his book, The Audacity of Hope.