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Black History Month 2020

6 October 2020

October is Black History Month and our Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) employee network group are marking it with a virtual event on Monday 26 October 2020 from 10am to 1:30pm.

This year's theme is 'Why Black Lives Matter'.

Professor, author, musician and Bafta award winner, Robert Beckford will talk about the impact of the recent issues highlighting social injustice towards the Black community. Robert will also talk about the importance of having BAME representation within the workplace and the ongoing impact of structural and institutional discrimination that still exists today. How do we enforce and embed change?

Founder and CEO of the charity Black Lives Mentored, Earl Douse will talk about how the charity began and the need to support the mental health of BAME communities.

Public Health Lead, Caroline Mackie will talk about her role during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted on the BAME community.

Councillor Carol Hart, our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities and BME champion will open the event. 

If you wish to attend, please send a blank email to

You’ll receive an automatic reply to confirm your registration and a link to join the event nearer the time. You'll need permission from your line manager to attend during working hours.

For further information, please contact either of the BME employee network co-chairs: