Hounslow Council steps up celebrations around Black History Month 2021’s theme ‘Proud to Be’

The London Borough of Hounslow has been celebrating Black History Month over October, with an incredible online event that celebrated the rich and diverse cultural history of people in Hounslow.

Published: Thursday, 21st October 2021

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The London Borough of Hounslow has been celebrating Black History Month over October, with an incredible online event that celebrated the rich and diverse cultural history of people in Hounslow, and a short film that illuminates the pride residents have in their individual identities within their community. 

This year’s theme, ‘Proud to Be’ aims to make Black History Month 2021 personal and unique to individuals, families and communities, focusing on how we’re all making history all the time in our own ways, as well as the challenges, contributions and achievements of Hounslow’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, especially in the wake of the pandemic. 

Speakers from across the Borough’s BAME communities representing residents, staff and community groups were invited to attend the online event on 20 October to speak about their history and the valuable work they’re doing to improve life in their local area.  

Highlights included Garvin Snell speaking about his organisation ‘No Shame In Running’ which aims to break the stigma amongst young people against running from violent crime. Benjamin Busenze, whose organisation ‘Descendants’ empowers people through education around art, history and culture, also gave a whistle-stop tour through the fascinating cultural history of Black people across the globe.  

Representatives from Ilays, Trinjan, Darpan, Pakistan Welfare Association and Tamil Community Centre also spoke at the event to put the spotlight on the amazing things they’re doing to empower people. 

The Council also commissioned a short film to celebrate the season, which you can watch here. Speakers across Hounslow were invited to speak on what they're most proud of about themselves, and the result is an inspiring montage which directs viewers to Hounslow's wealth of support for BAME residents at hounslow.gov.uk/BAME

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cllr Lily Bath and Cllr Hanif Khan also spoke at the event on the opportunities Black History Month provides for reflecting on how the Council works with its BAME residents. 

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Communities, opened the event by saying: “I want to say a big thank you to the community groups and organisations in Hounslow that have put together this event. 

“I’m very proud that we work together in the Council to celebrate Black History Month, though I recognise we should be celebrating Black history at every opportunity – not just this month.  

“Still, this is an important time to educate ourselves, our neighbours, our friends about the amazing cultural contributions of Black residents. Our biggest strength in Hounslow is our diversity, and I’m glad we get a chance to celebrate that this October.” 

Cllr Lily Bath, Cabinet Member for Housing and Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council said: " I am really impressed and proud of our focus on equality. We should not become complacent simply because we feel Hounslow is already diverse. It is really important that we all work together to maximise outcomes for BAME communities and address inequalities as we find them."

Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and OneHounslow, closed the event by saying: "There is still so much to do to educate the community about Black History and all the contributions that BAME communities have made in the borough and country. We must all work together with schools, partners and the voluntary sector to make sure these contributions are seen. I am proud to be a resident of Hounslow and and proud to be part of the senior leadership but there is still more we can do as leaders to make the borough better and greater than it already is."

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