Learning from the past Black history month

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Posted on16 Sep 2020

October is the month dedicated to celebrating black people’s contributions to British society in all spheres of life. The celebration started in recognition that the contributions made by black people were not included in the school curriculum apart from negative depictions and young people were growing up without a sense of their identity or the contributions black people have made throughout history.

Anti racist

JRHT and JRF are committing to being an anti-racist organisation and even more so following the recent events associated with the killing of George Floyd. We want to talk to residents and staff to identify the work we need to do to meet this commitment.

We have set up a Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff inclusion network to provide a supportive space for people to talk about their experiences, and to come up with ideas for what JRF/JRHT can do to be a safer and more welcoming place for everyone to work,.

Your experience matters

If you identify as Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) or want to be a white ally we want to hear from you. We want to hear from you about your experiences, and if you are experiencing racism or discrimination in the way we provide our services we want you to report it.

We hope you’ll join us in that conversation, we want together to identify the support and information we all need to build understanding and make changes for the better.

If you’d like to get involved please email [email protected] or [email protected]. You can also help by completing the residents census which will be sent to you in October.

Online resources

Here are some resources about Black History month and organisations working to address racism.

Black History month

York Racial Equality Network

Racial Justice Network – 5 Ways to disrupt racism video