Wokingham Borough Council is urging all residents to join it in celebrating Black History Month during October and to support the national Black History Month 2021 campaign of ‘Proud to Be’.
Black History Month 2021 invites Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be. For example, Proud To Be Black, Proud To Be Brown, Proud To Be Black & LGBTQ+, Proud To Be Me.
The national campaign launched in September in the run up to Black History Month in October, and people will be able to get involved via Black History Month UK’s magazine, website (www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk) and social media. People will be able to share what they are Proud To Be via letter, email or social media, including video and audio clips.
While Covid-19 case rates remain high, the council is continuing to take a cautious approach to community and public events. Therefore, it will unfortunately not be holding the annual Taster & Performance Evening or displaying the visual exhibition in The Mall of its Civic Offices this year.
Instead, residents are encouraged to view its online visual display of Proud To Be resources, via the BME Forum page on the council’s website. The library service will be publicising black authors and black music during Black History Month, which will be available in each library and as part of the service’s online offer. There will also be a specific display in Wokingham library, and the team will be providing resource packs to local schools.
Cllr John Halsall, Leader of Wokingham Borough Council, said: “This year’s Black History Month is more important than ever, with the ‘Proud to Be’ theme encouraging people of all ages, from all walks of life, to share their stories and celebrate the contributions they make to our society.
“This is the second year in a row where we’ve been unable to celebrate in the way that we’d like to, and this is extremely disappointing. However, the safety of our residents must come first, and we hope that we can resume our usual activities for Black History Month 2022.”
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