Black History Month is a time of celebration, reflection and recognition of our Black, African and Caribbean communities. Here at Community360 we have celebrated Black History Month and fondly remembered Lawrence Walker, Chair of the Colchester Black History Month, who sadly passed away earlier in the year. Mr Walker was a great advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion and of Black contribution to world history. We will continue this work in his great honour.
The One Colchester Community Hub showcased a wonderful exhibition in October, celebrating Black Presence and Excellence, put together by Godwin Daudu who leads on our Diverse Communities Action Plan.
This exhibition of Black British presence and excellence took us on a journey through time. From as early as Roman times, through (some very unpleasant yet under-reported parts of our collective history in the United Kingdom) to modern day.
The display showcased the resilience of Black African heritage people, who have endured slavery, colonialism and discrimination and celebrated their presence and excellent contribution to British life in areas of Law Enforcement, Politics, Trade Unionism, Health Services, Protecting the Realm, Sports, Entertainment, Business & Commerce and much more.
Several cultural events were also hosted during the month including a celebration of Indonesian Culture, where members of the Indonesian community were invited to showcase and celebrate their culture, traditions, history, food, dance and music. There was also a Nigerian and South African People Day. All of which were well received.
We were also delighted to have been recognised in the Lawrence Walker Awards and proud to have received three awards. Two for our CEO Tracy Rudling and the other for our work on our Diverse Communities Action Project, in bringing Colchester’s diverse communities together. We are very proud of the work we do, and it is a real privilege to make a difference in our communities.
The Diverse Communities Action Plan aims to bring communities together through cultural awareness and education, health equity, including suicide prevention support, family support and wellbeing to representation and advocacy training,
If you would like to find out more about the project or like to get involved please contact Godwin Daudu on 01206 505350 or email email@example.com