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Black History Month Community Spotlight - Alan (Kurly) McGeachie

Kurly is a poet based in the West Midlands: https://kurlyspoetry.com/

What does it mean to you to be Black and British?

To be Black British (of mixed ethnicity) means knowing that a significant portion of my life experience is broadly based on definitions and interpretations of my skin colour. As a child during the 80s it marginalised me, during the 2000s it was more accepted and today I’m concerned about the polarisations based on ‘race’ beginning to make the climate of tolerance and respect slip backwards again into what felt to me, during the 80s, was a hostile environment.

Who inspires you?

I am proud of my dual heritage and often draw on the stories and memories of my grandparents and parents as a source of strength and inspiration. The daily trials they had to overcome help put my experiences and mindset into context.

What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?

I aspire to be the best I can be, continuing to educate myself whilst sharing knowledge and creativity to bring value to others.

What do you think would make Walsall a better place?

I’m sure like all areas Walsall has many positive things to celebrate, from its unique achievements to the various people at different levels who do outstanding work for the community. The common need in all areas and likely Walsall is a continued commitment to invest in providing positive opportunities to communities in the form of education, creativity and work.

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