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Knowsley marks Black History Month

by Alison Cornmell

October is Black History Month – an important opportunity to recognise and celebrate the many contributions made by Black people in Britain over many generations.

As part of its work to promote equality and understanding across the borough, Knowsley Council is marking this occasion and encouraging its residents to come forward with their own stories of their experiences and their achievements too.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “Black History is British History and we know that many wonderful members of the Black community in Knowsley have made amazing contributions in so many ways – including, the arts, sports and to the community at large. But we also know that for many Black people their experiences of life, their challenges and their achievements too can sometimes go untold – we want that to change.

Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage people to come forward with their own stories. But it is important to remember that this just isn’t about one month alone – we want to celebrate and highlight the contributions of Black people throughout the year and are working on a number of projects and initiatives to do just that and to encourage the equality we all want to see.”

Whilst current Covid-19 restrictions make it difficult to hold physical events, Knowsley Council is promoting a range of virtual events that people can get involved with. This complements the work that is already well underway with Knowsley Youth Cabinet and Vibe to promote the #NoMore campaign which aims to eradicate hate of any form within the borough.

In addition to all of this the Council is progressing well with plans to recognise and mark the borough’s historical links to slavery – which can be noted in a small number of street names and other locations. In the coming months plaques will be installed to provide information about these links which will ensure that the history of the borough and its previous inhabitants is recognised appropriately and respectfully for all members of the community.

Cllr Morgan added: “We really want to highlight the achievements of Black people but also to respect and reflect on our history whilst looking forward to a future, with our young people, where residents of any ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or perceived difference are respected and able to flourish here.”

You can share your story, experiences and achievements by emailing Storytellers22@knowsley.gov.uk