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Maxine shares her experience this Black History Month

Posted on: 24 October 2022

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 Senior HR Advisor, Maxine Sarsah-Wilson...

Why do you think it’s important for us to celebrate Black history?

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).

What has your experience been like as a Black person in the UK?

As a Black woman in the UK there are many challenges I face every day. There is colourism within the Black community, being stereotyped by other demographics and micro aggression in the workplace. 

How have you overcome challenges and adversity?

My faith, staying positive and remaining kind, always.

Who inspires you and why?

My grandad inspires me. He taught me that knowledge is power, and I am the person I am today because of that, constantly learning and developing myself as an individual.

Can you name a Black author or artist who inspired you?

Stormzy - He has broken barriers and paved the way for other young Black boys 😊