Tuesday 19th March 2019
Croydon BME Forum and Croydon Council came together this week (MON 18/3) to launch the theme for Black History Month coming up in October. The launch was hosted at The Mayors parlour at Croydon Town Hall.
Guest speakers included the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Tony Newman Leader of Croydon Council and Councillors from across the borough including Councillor Patsy Cummings BAME Champion for Croydon and Performances by young people showcasing their talents through spoken word, music and sketches.
The theme was an idea created by the Croydon’s Black History Month Steering group a collaboration of children, young people and older people of the Croydon community. Mayor of Croydon unveiled the theme to 100+ that was in attendance.
This year’s theme is #R.I.D the stigma. Representation, Identity and Diversity. Looking at the way in which people stigmatize over race.
The Black History Month Steering group wanted to emphasize on looking at who they are and how people perceive them.
Andrew Brown CEO Croydon BME Forum said “Stigma is something that effects all of us in some way.
The clothes you wear, the place you live, your race or gender. This year we hope to break down some of these barriers and we look forward to working with groups and partners in Croydon to deliver a wide range of activities to engage and encourage positivity in the community now and throughout Black History Month.
Croydon BME Forum is currently in our 6th year celebrating Black history month acknowledging those who have gone before us in history to make marvellous contributions to the world, as well as celebrating those who continue to do so in order to inspire a new generation of leaders.