Each year in October we celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month 2021 marks 18 months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, which sparked a global amplification of the Black Lives Matter movement and the need for racial justice.
The theme for 2021 is ‘Proud to be’. Black History Month UK says: "Inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events, the new campaign is called ‘Proud To Be’. It will invite Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be. For example, Proud To Be Black, Proud To Be Brown, Proud To Be Black & LGBTQ+, Proud To Be Me."
A range of information can be found on the Black History Month website.
Race Ahead – NHS Big Conversation on Race event
The Equality and Inclusion team at NHS England are hosting the ‘Race Ahead– NHS Big Conversation on Race’. Aligned to the ‘Proud to be’ theme, it aims to increase momentum towards increasing racial equity, justice and a sense of belonging, focusing on the specific actions we can all take to improve the outcomes and experiences of our staff.
The Race Ahead will be a series of conversations and panel discussions taking place on the 6th, 12th, 19th and 26th October, from 9.00am to 1.00pm. You can register to attend via the NHS England events page.
There are many other NHS events taking place throughout the month, covering topics such as inclusivity, anti-racism, privilege and identity. You can find out more on the NHS Employers website.
BAME Staff Network
Devon Partnership Trust has an active and engaged Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network which meet via MS Teams fortnightly. The BAME Network offers a safe and supportive space for staff who are BAME, and is actively engaged in diversity and inclusion progression across the Trust. The group also holds a space to discuss COVID-19 planning and thoughts and feelings associated with navigating the ongoing pandemic.