To mark the end of Black History Month, which has been running throughout October, Knowsley Council is illuminating the Greystone Footbridge yellow on Sunday 31 October.
Black History Month recognises and celebrates the many contributions made by black people in Britain over many generations.
Throughout the month, Knowsley Council has been working with the Council’s Black and Minority Workers Group to share stories that aim to raise awareness of black history, celebrate the contribution of black people to Knowsley and share the work being done to address inequality.
Highlights of the month include:
- Huyton schoolboy, Sebastian Garvey-North (age 9), from St Anne’s Catholic Primary School won the Merseyside Police Black History Month art competition which had ‘making a difference’ as its theme. Cllr Margaret Harvey and Cllr Shelley Powell were there to help reveal his winning design which is now featured on police vans across Knowsley. Read more here
- We showcased the Council’s role in encouraging and facilitating black entrepreneurship in Knowsley, highlighting Stunning Look Limited, and Creations By Viva which have received support from agencies including Knowsley Council Business Team, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce and Invest Knowsley. Read more here
- Significantly, this month Knowsley Council announced that work is underway for a Declaration of Intent to be passed through Council later this year. The declaration is a formal plan that sets out how the Council will address global issues of inequality for those who live, work, study, volunteer or visit Knowsley. This month the Council’s Black and Minority Workers Group presented Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources with the draft which she will present to Council on 15 December 2021. Read more here
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:
“We are delighted to illuminate the Greystone Bridge to mark the end of Black History Month. However, while Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate the many contributions made by black people in Britain, it is important to remember that this just isn’t about one month alone. Knowsley Council is working closely with the Council’s Black and Minority Workers group to make significant and positive change for all our staff and residents so we can create thriving communities for generations to come.”