Croydon BME Forum joined Croydon Council and a host of Croydon residents to launch the 2014 Black History Month – History for Tomorrow.
The event was opened by the leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Newman who had missed part of Full Council meeting to attend the Launch. Councillor Newman spoke of the council’s commitment to promoting and celebrating the diversity of the borough and the need to ensure that all of Croydon’s Communities benefit from the development and economic growth in the borough.
Councillor Hamida Ali also spoke at the event and launched the programme of events for the BHM 2014. In her speech, Councillor Ali congratulated all the individuals who have organised events to mark the month and also praised the broad range of events and activities taking place across the borough.
Participants were treated excellent speeches from two young people; Amber McCleary of Copper Clothing, a young inventor and Entrepreneur; and Javell Nelson, Croydon Volunteer of the Year 2013. These are young people making history today and the focus on them was in keeping with this year’s theme, History for Tomorrow.
Performances on the night included poetry by Chris Syrus; Singer, Mierous Hennessey beautifully rendered Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’; and Reggae artist Jahovi performed 2 songs from his latest album.
All in all, it was an excellent launch for Black History Month 2014; many events ranging from debate and discussion, to poetry and performances will be taking place across the borough through the month; the programme is available for download or you can obtain a paper copy from any Croydon Library. Click here to download the full programme.