Black History Month Community Spotlight - Sonia Levy-Mclaughlin

Sonia is a Walsall resident and sent her contribution to us via Facebook.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black history should be taught throughout the year and not celebrated during the month of October only. It's about remembering the past and embracing the future, celebrating those that have taken a stance and the impact they’ve made up and down the country to positive change for future generations.


What does it mean to be Black and British?

Being Black and British shows I am human, different and come with history. I have a right to live and be seen as an equal and should not to be judged by my colour, the way I speak or seen as a threat.


Who inspires you?

My dad inspired me to work hard and that I can achieve anything in life.


What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?

My hopes and inspirations are to see Black people owning and running their businesses throughout the UK and for all Black people to be seen as equal and not discriminated against for being different.


What would make Walsall a better place?

Walsall would be a better place if attitudes changed and if Black people had an equal stake in all conversations pertaining to Black people so our needs can be met in society. It would be nice if Black people had a big Caribbean residential home in the borough.

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