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Black History Month – Hyde’s 2020 celebration

Posted on 17 November 2020

We celebrated Black History Month (BHM) for the very first time this year. Colleagues across Hyde took part in the month’s online activities as well as sharing their own posts. Despite current working arrangements restricting our ability to celebrate with each other in person, it was a significant event that promoted the importance of equality.

Diversity and inclusion is high on our list of priorities. Over the summer we held a series of conversations with our colleagues to find out their views and what changes they would like to see at Hyde. These conversations primarily stemmed from the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests that followed around the world. During an already difficult time due to Covid-19 the news of the racial injustices happening in the US was heavy on the heart and mind of staff, our black staff especially and our conversations provided an opportunity to talk about equality on a wider scale and make positive changes. Taking part in Black History Month was one of these changes.

Over the course of the month colleagues across Hyde shared, videos, images and articles with each other. We also shared some of our black inspirations on social media. Our inspirations ranged from Mo Farah to Mary Seacole, Cyrille Regis to Lady Phyll. Below are some of the other activities that took place to mark Black History Month.

  • Guest speaker presentations and Q&As
  • Traditional dress
  • Traditional recipes
  • Quizzes
  • Educational videos

Our BHM guest speakers included were Elsie Akinsanya, CitiBank Global Head of HR, Treasury and Trade Solutions; Janet Hills, Chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association; and Olu Olanrewaju, Associate Director at Altair International. They spoke about resilience, networking, dreaming big, their career journeys to date and more.

Our learning and development manager, Grace Rodney-Powell also wrote a comment article in Inside Housing which you can read here - Why Hyde is celebrating Black History Month for the first time.

We look forward to what next year’s celebrations will bring.