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Walsall for All celebrates inaugural Black Inclusion Week


This month sees the launch of Black Inclusion Week (10th - 16th May), a celebration of Black people in the UK and an opportunity to remember the importance of building a fair and just society through the inclusion of everyone.


The theme of this inaugural Black Inclusion Week is ‘Be the change you want to see’ and although the focus is a commitment to change, the week also sees opportunities to amplify Black voices, make connections, collaborate, empower and facilitate action.


Walsall for All, a partnership programme between the Council, voluntary groups, the public and private sectors, says it is the ideal time to revisit some of the topics they highlighted as part of last October’s Black History Month. Whilst Black History Month traditionally sees the country celebrate the achievements of well-known Black historical figures including Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, Walsall for All took the opportunity to look more closely at the Black experience past, present and future.


The organisation plans to talk again to local ‘movers and shakers' involved in Black History Month celebrations, as well as provide opportunities for everyone to get involved by posing a number of pertinent questions such as: what is your proudest achievement, what is your commitment to change and who is your Black hero?


Maureen Lewis, Chief Officer of Walsall Black Sisters Collective, said: "I am proud to be part of the Black Inclusion Week campaign. The theme this year is “Be the Change”. To be the change means each one of us has to take responsibility in tackling racism. We know it exists and people are treated differently because of the colour of their skin. Racism has no place in society, so during this week, and the weeks to come, let us ‘Be that Change’ and promote a more integrated and inclusive society to live in".


Walsall for All wants residents to get involved by answering the question: ‘What is your commitment to being the change and working to eradicate racism and foster inclusion?’. You can email your answer to walsallforall@walsall.gov.uk.