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BMet celebrates Black History Month with culturally diverse interactive events

Students and staff at BMet College are embracing Black History Month with a series of unique forward-thinking and engaging cultural activities.

Throughout October, there will be the opportunity for the college community to take part in range of virtual and college-hosted events.

All activity has been designed to celebrate positive contributions of key figures within the African Caribbean community.

Cliff Hall, Principal at BMet, said: “One of the best things about BMet is how ethnically diverse we are.  So, it’s important that we take the opportunity that Black History Month represents as a catalyst to reflect on the past, celebrate achievements and look forward to the future.

“Equality and diversity and inclusion are at the heart of BMet and we positively support activities and events which highlight the diversity of our communities. Black History Month is another great way to tell these important stories.”

The month-long programme has been organised and hosted by the college’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) group and student experience teams.

The aim of the activities is to provide an insightful schedule to inspire minds and encourage open debate about historical and current affairs.

Students will be able to:

  • join online sessions with inspirational local guest speakers including acclaimed artist and photographer, Vanley Burke.
  • take part in a virtual event showcasing black contributions to the LGBTQ rights movement.
  • taste authentic Caribbean cuisine at all three of the BMet sites – James Watt College, Matthew Boulton College and Sutton Coldfield College.
  • join virtual sessions discussing topics that particularly affect the African Caribbean community, including mental health and wellbeing and the growth of black-led businesses.

A dedicated college website page will showcase activities and there will also be an array of eye-catching displays throughout the colleges.

Displays will feature people who have made a positive impact in society, as well as inspirational college employees of African Caribbean origin.

Speaking of Black History Month and the college’s activities, Natalie Alleyne, Chair of the BAME group said: “It is so important for the college, particularly now with recent events that have adversely affected the Black community, to address significant issues and showcase the immensely positive contribution of African Caribbean culture to society.

“While I truly believe that the unique culture should be celebrated every day, the month is an opportunity to inspire minds and to discuss relevant issues that will impact our students.”

See more coverage of Black History Month on BMet’s social media channels and on the website – visit bmet.ac.uk to find out more.

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