This coming month will see a number of pieces of work from across the organisation all designed to highlight and celebrate black culture and experience. This will allow us to critically reflect on how we, as an organisation, can improve our offer to clients, each other, and externally.
A bit of background
In the UK, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987. It was organised through the leadership of a Ghanaian analyst named Akyaaba Addai-Sebo who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the GLC and was picked up to follow the work done in America since 1970.
Celebrating diversity and inclusion at SPEAR
Following on from our statement in support of Black Lives Matter, SPEAR is committed to improving our approach to equality and diversity as an organisation. Members of staff have organised an open Diversity Strategy Working Group that will have oversight on a number of focused working groups.
The overseeing Group remains hard at work identifying SPEAR’s unique and bespoke position regarding diversity and inclusion and a number of Working Groups will commence at the end of October. We’re proud to announce that the Black Lives Matter Working Group has already had three meetings and come up with different ideas to take forward throughout the month.
We’re continually looking at increasing our diversity with volunteers. Also on other platforms at SPEAR such as our publications and websites. Plus, we encourage our supporters too and highlighted Black History Month in our recent supporters/volunteers newsletter. This month we even have a corporate holding a fundraiser around Black History Month.
We’re also looking at facilitating external speakers and featuring local heroes who have long remained unsung.
We’re also not reinventing wheels and are drawing on what is happening nationally to try and gain a greater understanding of the issues and the need for celebration. Here are some links that might appeal: