As we come together to celebrate Black History Month in October 2022 we should take time to consider the theme this year: ‘Time for Action: Not words’.
Black History Month celebrates the continued achievements and contributions of black people to the UK and around the world. The focus now is on the present and future by shining a spotlight on those using the platform to push for change.
The Black History Month website stated when launching the theme for 2022, ‘whilst we can acknowledge and learn from the past, we need to strive to protect the future through taking action by coming together around a shared common goal, to achieve a better world for everyone.’
What’s happening in your workplace?
There are lots of ideas and initiatives that employers can implement. Below we have collated a few ideas.
Volunteer with Black-Led Charities
Consider team volunteering for Black-led charities and non-profit organisations. This is a great way to help the Black community while also making a significant difference.
Reflect on Your Internal Diversity & Inclusion Efforts
Reflect on your own D&I efforts. Are you promoting diversity as an organisation? How are you fostering inclusivity in your workplace? Are there areas of your business that can be made more inclusive such as your recruitment process or your management staff? Speak to your employees and see if they’re willing to share how they think you could improve as an organisation.
Celebrate Black Literature
You can promote classic and contemporary Black authors and their remarkable works. You could perhaps select some books written by Black authors and host a company-wide book reading event.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing by Maya Angelou (Autobiography)
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Bring In Speakers and Create a Space for People to Listen and Share
Many companies celebrate Black History Month by bringing in speakers to share stories and experiences around race and Black identity. Promoting diverse voices creates a space for inclusion, understanding, and empathy. Involve people and open up the conversation to anyone who wants to participate by sending out a company-wide email asking for speaker and topic suggestions.
This kind of programming can take on many formats, from panel discussions to round tables to workshops. Choose the topic beforehand, and let people know what to expect so they can feel prepared to share and ask questions.
Other Useful Resources
Check out the below blogs for some further ideas on how you can celebrate this month:
- 4 ways to celebrate Black History Month in the workplace
- A guide to Black History Month
- 6 Impactful Ways To Celebrate Black History Month UK at Work