SILHILLIANS are being called on to share their stories on who they are proud to be to mark Black History Month.
This year’s theme is Proud to Be and throughout October Solihull Council wants people to share their stories on social media using the hashtags #BHM2021 #ProudToBe #Solihull.
The Council say it is an opportunity to explore the rich and varied identities within Solihull and gain insight from the unique perspectives of the individuals that make up the borough.
Councillor Bob Sleigh, cabinet member for Resources at Solihull Council, said:
“I am delighted to see the commencement of Black History Month and hope that people will share their experiences with us on social media.
“This year’s campaign aims to amplify the voices of those who have historically been marginalised in the UK.
“We are asking our workforce to share their experiences too as we recognise that making the Council a safe space for ethnic minorities is essential to creating a team that can understand the experiences of others, to deliver effective services to the wider community that live and work in our borough.
“Encouraging these important conversations in the workplace is a part of the Council’s continued commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming employer for all.”
On October 12 The Core will be screening a performance of Wanted, presented by Gazebo Theatre Company, as part of Solihull’s Black History Month celebrations.
The drama explores the stories of five women throughout history who are brought together by a passion for standing up for what is right.
Solihull Library has also put together a list of recommended book titles for Black History Month.
A range of fiction and non-fiction titles is available to browse in physical format, e-audio format and e-book format on the library website.