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Celebration to mark Black History Month

Celebration to mark Black History Month

26 October 2022
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A man singing into the microphone at a previous Black History Month event

There’s an event being held in Woodley to celebrate Black History Month. 


There will be a taste of the Caribbean with food tasting as well as a range of performances for guests to enjoy.

 

This will be held at Woodley Baptist Church on Hurricane Way (RG5 4UX) on Saturday 12 November, from 7pm to 9.30pm. 


There is no need to book, just show up on the day and find your seat. 


Free and open to all


This is a free event and open to all. The evening will include:

  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Spoken word
  • Poetry

 

All performances will have local connection and celebrating African and Asian heritage. 


The seated event will have an interval so guests can enjoy the food.

 

The event is being organised by Jeff Hinds, chairman of the African Caribbean Society, a member of the borough’s Residents Equality Forum, with support from Wokingham Borough Council.


'It's great to be back'

 

He said: “It is great to be back with a Black History Month event like the performance and Taster evening for the first time since the pandemic. 


"We are looking forward to a great evening of entertainment at the Woodley Baptist Church on Saturday 12 November 2022 from 7pm to 9.30pm. There will be lots for the patrons to enjoy.”

 

Black History Month has been celebrated regularly every October in Wokingham borough since the early 2000s. 


This year the campaign focuses on the fact that it's time for change, and that it's time for 'actions not words'.

 

Recognizing that it's not just a month to celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK and the world, but is also a time to tackle racism, reclaim black history, and ensure Black history is represented and celebrated all year round.


New post to focus on equalities

 

The council recognised this by creating one of the UK's first executive member posts focusing entirely on improving how the council deals with equalities, inclusion and fighting poverty, and making sure every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

 

Cllr Rachel Bishop-Firth, executive member for equalities, inclusion and fighting poverty, said: “I’d love to see a fantastic turnout for this event and celebration of the diversity of our borough.


“These events shine a spotlight on parts of our communities which are not so well-known and give everyone a chance to learn more about them.


“We’ve always supported a diverse programme of events to help support our diverse community. We’ll continue to champion them as we continue to implement our equality plans.”


Residents' Equality Forum

 

The independent Residents Equality Forum (REF) was set up earlier this year. 


This is community-led, providing representatives from local community groups with a platform to discuss the needs and aspirations of their communities and shape our services.

 

More than 30 organisations are represented. New members are welcome to join, so long as they are from a represented community or voluntary organisation. 


Email the Equality Forum inbox, on equalityforum@wokingham.gov.uk to get involved.


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