What Black History Month means to me

This October, Blueprint for All are inviting our supporters, employees, and partners to share what Black History Month means to them.

 

Black History Month has been part of the fabric of the UK since the late 1980s however, in recent years there has been a renewed need to celebrate the achievements and struggles of Black people throughout history, right up to the present today.

Black History Month is a time for education and reflection. It can hold very personal attachments and meanings to people. That’s why this year we want to share your stories and are asking for contributions to our ‘What Black History Month means to me’ campaign.

“For me personally, I reflect on everything my dad has achieved and overcome; coming to the UK with very little but working tremendously hard to become the successful man he is today.”
Chidi Mbakwe, Assistant Brand Manager at Sleek MakeUP

Throughout Black History Month we will be sharing your thoughts and ideas on our social channels and compiling some of our favourites on this page below. Join the conversation and let us know what Black History Month means to you by tagging us on social @Blueprint_For_All or by submitting up to 100 words here.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Chidi Mbakwe, Assistant Brand Manager at Sleek MakeUP and supporter of Blueprint for All said, “Black History Month gives us a nationally recognised moment in time to acknowledge all the incredibly strong and courageous people that have gone before us. For me personally, I reflect on everything my dad has achieved and overcome; coming to the UK with very little but working tremendously hard to become the successful man he is today. He has given me the freedom to explore opportunities a lot of people could only dream of, and I will be forever grateful. This month is for him, and all of our brothers and sisters forging their own path to greatness.”

Meanwhile Blueprint for All CEO Sonia Watson reflects, “My hope is that ‘black history’ becomes simply ‘history’. Inclusion is the key to the future, but, as Dr King once said, “we cannot walk alone”. Black History Month should not remain a time to focus, for just a moment, on black achievement. Instead, I hope we use this month to embed an unwavering acceptance that our society is richer by every definition of the word when we truly believe all of us are born equal.”

Our corporate partners have also been sharing your stories on their TikTok channel this month too:

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