Maureen Lewis is Chief Officer at Walsall Black Sisters Collective and sits on the Walsall for All Board.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Black people across the globe who have made valuable contributions, through inventions or influence. It is very important because Black History is not naturally taught in schools and it is important to have positive role models.
What does it mean to you to be Black and British?
Born here in Britain, I am part of Britain’s diverse communities. My parents came to the UK in the late 50s as part of the Windrush generation. I am proud to be British because, like my parents, many from the Caribbean worked hard and contributed to its economic growth and development.
Who inspires you?
The people from the Windrush generation who worked in education, health and various industries, contributing to the growth of Britain.
Outside of that, I would say Martin Luther King, who changed history through the Civil Rights movement. His “I Have a Dream” speech was so impacting it lives on through history. I can never forget the struggle and can aspire for the future a time when “people are not judged by the colour of their skin, but the content of their character.”
What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?
My hopes and aspirations are that everyone is appreciated, that all races, colours or nationalities are treated equally, with love and respect.