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Celebrating Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland. It was originally created 40 years ago to recognise the contribution that people of African and Caribbean descent had made to commerce and society since they arrived in Europe to fill the skills gap created following World War II. 

Today, Black History Month has expanded to include all black people. It encompasses pre-colonial history, slavery, the civil rights movement, and more generally the enormous contribution made by black people in every area of society.  

For Imperial in 2020, this was an important opportunity to raise employee awareness of black history, achievements and contribution to society, and to play a part in creating an environment that is more conducive to combating racism and achieving real diversity in practice. 

Through a month-long series of features, links to educational online resources and by giving a platform to employees to share their experiences of racism and inequality, we sought to give a greater visibility within the organisation of the issues faced by black people today.  

We’ve committed to continuing this conversation with our people and realise there are further actions we can take. We will be working harder to enrich our diversity, whether that be diversity of nationality, ability, race, gender, sexual orientation or beliefs and to create an inclusive environment for all.