Black Inclusion Week - reflecting on last year's Black History Month
In October 2020, Walsall for All hosted its biggest celebrations of Black History Month.
The nationwide event traditionally sees the country celebrate the achievements of well-known Black historical figures including Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Particularly in 2020, an opportunity was presented to do more than just celebrate the enormous contribution from Black historical figures and Black communities in Walsall. It was important to look closely at the Black experience past, present and future.
Throughout October 2020, Walsall for All invited over 30 local people from across Walsall and the surrounding areas to share spotlight profiles, focusing on the meaning of Black History Month, what it means to be Black and British, inspiration and hopes for the future.
One of those featured was Walsall FC defender, Hayden White, who shared his hopes “to be as successful as possible, to continue to work hard and make a difference, whether that’s on the pitch or in day-to-day life”. Another contributor was internationally recognised photographer Denise Maxwell, whose work was recently featured at an exhibition in Walsall called We Are Here, which showcased some of the work of UK Black Female Photographers (UKBFTOG).
Walsall for All was also proud to share and celebrate the story and history of Walsall’s first Brit-African Caribbean Councillor Moses Whyte, written by Mkuu Amani. Moses continues to live in the borough as a much-respected figure and remains active as a Community Advisor.