Celebrating Black History Month 2020

Yesterday marked the start of Black History Month (October 1st – October 31st) and throughout October we will be sharing details and raising awareness of the origins of this annual celebration and the works of the organisation actively recognising the contribution of individuals of a Black, African and Caribbean background and the impact they have made on British society over many generations.

First celebrated in October 1987, the aim of Black History Month was for local communities to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about British history that was not otherwise taught in schools. It is important that no matter if we are of a school age or beyond that we recognise the importance of those who have helped to shape the UK and what we are about today.

It goes without saying that this year, 2020 has seen a spotlight shone on the inequalities of our country be it in a health setting or indeed in society in general. The reality of racism is profound and more needs to be done in actively combating systemic racism where people are not treated fairly because they are black.

With Black Lives Matter demonstrations around the world taking place in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being stopped by police in America, it is evident that we still have a long way to go. From footballers to racing drivers, individuals have taken the knee in solidarity with the movement. There have been calls to remove statues of white people who have contributed to Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade – a time when black people were traded for goods and sold into slavery to work, something which lasted for more than 400 years.

We should actively celebrate all generations of various descent that have been shaping our nation’s story, making a huge difference to our national and cultural life and in general helping to make Britain a better place to be.

DHU is committed in providing an inclusive environment which promotes equality, encourages and values diversity, eliminates discrimination (including bullying, harassment and victimisation) and respects the rights and dignity of all employees and patients.

To provide the highest quality healthcare to patients DHU encourages all staff to respect the different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs/opinions and ideas of all of our patients, always treating them fairly, equitably and compassionately.  To be truly diverse, DHU understands that as a Company we must all strive to achieve a genuinely meritocratic Company, in which any bias or discrimination is eliminated from all management and organisational processes.

To find out more about what’s happening this month, visit www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk and watch out for further communications from Everyone Matters.