Earlier this year we renewed our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, in recognition of the recent protests and Black Lives Matter movement. As part of that commitment, this October we are marking UK Black History Month for the first time.
We want to celebrate stories of the many Black people in our MS community and highlight the unique challenges they face. It's a vital part of our work to better represent everyone living with MS.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is a month of events in October which celebrate the culture, history and achievements of Britain’s African and Caribbean communities.
It began in 1926, when Carter G Woodson, an African American historian, started a month of African and Caribbean celebrations in America.
Since then it’s grown in Britain, and more than 6,000 annual events take place throughout towns and cities in the UK.
What are we doing to mark Black History Month?
We’ll be sharing stories in our blogs and on social media that centre the voices of Black people in the MS community.
We’ll hear from researchers, young bloggers, volunteers, colleagues and people all across the community on what Black History Month means to them.
We know we are not reaching or representing our whole community as we should. This is the first step of many to do better throughout the year and into the future.
How can I get involved?
- Find events near you on the Black History Month website
- Watch out for our posts on social, like, share and join in the conversation
- Share what Black History Month means to you. Get in touch with [email protected] if you’d like to share your story on our social channels or blogs