Is Black History Month Still Relevant Today?

October is Black History Month in the UK – a whole month dedicated to celebrating the rich history and cultures enjoyed by the Afro-Caribbean diaspora in Britain. In the UK where Black citizens are a minority, it’s important to bring to the forefront the valuable contributions of Black figures throughout history. For some, it isn’t seen as a necessity. It’s been a long time since slavery was abolished, Black people have the right to live, work and vote in this country as long as they’re citizens and there are laws that help… Read More

Prominent Black British Figures

“If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from, then you wouldn’t have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am.” Bob Marley This week marks the end of Black History Month here in the UK. Initially I wasn’t too bothered about writing a blog to mark the occasion, not because I don’t like Black History Month but because: I didn’t want our audience to feel tired hearing about the Black experience as it has been a high profile topic of conversation in the last… Read More

1 Year On, Where Are We Now?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 Last week marked a year since George Floyd was calling for his mother while having a police officer’s knee on his neck for 9:28 minutes. This shook the world and was the last straw in a long succession of ‘bad eggs’ taking advantage of the power the badge gave them, to treat people however they wanted. Having his slow,… Read More

What do you see?

When you look at my picture, what do you see? Is it a Black man? When you look at our picture as a couple, what do you see? Is it an interracial couple? When you look at someone with a disability, what do you see? Is it his/her disability? (Photo thanks to Maria Oswalt on Unsplash.com) Is there anything beyond what you see? Does what you see define me/my couple/someone with a disability? We all have unconscious biases that we learn or develop based on our life experience. If we do not… Read More

#BlackLivesMatter

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 Following on from last week’s post, I thought it important to share my experiences as a Black British woman but also to share some resources that may provide information or comfort to my peers and resources for all our allies. For those who are unaware, Black children still need to be taught how to behave when they are out in public in the UK,… Read More

An Uncomfortable Conversation…

“Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.’” Acts 10: 34-36 This year would have been crazy enough as it is if Covid-19 was the only thing we had to worry about. Even those who have been lost so tragically this year… Read More