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Mayor launches Black History Month’s packed programme of online events

News release 9791, published on 02 Oct 2020
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Diane Taylor, came together with representatives from black community groups across the borough for the launch of Basingstoke’s Black History Month celebrations, as part of a wider schedule of activities across the UK throughout October.

The launch marks the start of a month of online events themed ‘Engage, Educate, Empower’ that have been organised by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Basingstoke African Caribbean Catholic Association, Basingstoke Caribbean Society & Friends, Basingstoke Unites Against Racism, Basingstoke Hindu Society and the Black Success Initiative.

The events, which are all accessible online, aim to celebrate local and national black leaders, heroes and businesses and to reflect on the history and achievements of the black community across the UK. The full programme can be found on the Black History Month social media channels.

Cllr Diane Taylor said: “It’s been great to work with our black community groups to pull together this programme of events. 2020 is a particularly significant year to celebrate Black History Month and we thank Tojo and Effie for all the work they have done to make these events possible.

"We continue to work with our partners, residents and businesses to understand the challenges faced and ensure that the borough is a safe and inclusive place for all. We will also continue to recognise and celebrate diversity and continue to make our borough a place where everyone is welcome and treated fairly and with respect."

Toju Ogbe, spokesperson for Black History Month Basingstoke, said: “Black History Month allows us to celebrate our common heritage as well as applaud the contributions of black people in diaspora. I am pleased to see that different groups in Basingstoke have aligned for a collaborative commemoration of Black History Month this year - with the aim to engage, educate and empower our communities. This concerted approach attests to the strength of solidarity in the town.”

Black History Month runs from 1 to 31 October 2020 and offers everyone the chance to learn lessons for the present and the future and to stand united against racism. For more information on Black History Month view


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