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Black History Month Community Spotlight - Grace Holness

Grace Holness works in the Walsall borough as a Communications Officer.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month for me is a chance to celebrate and also educate. I am myself of duel heritage, and I am extremely proud of that. I am a product of the successes, struggles and resilience of my Grandfather who was a part of the Windrush generation.

Black History Month offers a chance to educate individuals about the wonderful things surrounding black culture such as celebrating remarkable individuals, events, literature, art and so much more. Black History Month also highlights historic injustice, emphasising the need to continue to work together to push through adversity and highlight how far we have come.

Who inspires you?

My Grandfather, Cecil Lloyd Holness. My Grandfather was the first of his family to leave his home in Manchester, Jamaica to support ‘the Mother Country’ and build a new life for himself. Upon his arrival to the UK, my Grandfather faced extreme discrimination, yet despite this, he remained true to himself, smiling in the face of adversity. My favourite proverb that I believe sums my hero up is ‘Fortune favours the brave’. I have attached an image of my Grandfather and Grandmother Dorothy on their wedding day, every time I see it I burst with pride.

What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?

My future hope is that Black History isn’t confined to a month in the minds of people up and down the country. I hope that people actively educate themselves and immerse themselves in black culture all year round.


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