Welcome to Sussex Black History Month 2021

October marks the start of Black History Month (BHM), an annual observance to recognise and celebrate Black history and the future.

This year Sussex Health and Care Partnership organisations are honoured to come together to be part of Black History Month – an opportunity for all our staff to be part of the national celebrations and events to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout our history.

The 2021 campaign for Black History Month invites Black and Brown people to share what they are Proud To Be.

Adam Doyle, Sussex Health and Care partnership leader and co-chair for the Sussex Health and Care Partnership BAME programme Turning the Tide, said:

I am proud to support this year’s Black History Month. The year 2020 shone a real spotlight on race and social justice in the making and this year we continue to focus on our actions to tackle racism all year round.

This year’s theme ‘Proud to Be’ is inspired by Black Lives Matter and invites Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are ‘Proud To Be’.  It’s about making the October month a personal, familial and communal journey that celebrates the contribution and achievements of Black and Brown people throughout history.

‘Proud To Be’ allows us to celebrate and share stories that adds the richness of diversity to the fabric of our society.

Sussex Proud To Be Gratitude Awards

Do you know someone who has made a difference in our ongoing work to challenge racism, inequality and injustice across the Sussex health and care sector and beyond?

As we mark Black History Month this October, we’re inviting nominations for the Sussex Proud To Be Gratitude Awards 2021.

To find out more and make your nomination, please visit our shared Black History Month page . You will need to outline how and why the nominee should be recognised for their efforts.

Nominations close 8 October 2021.

Lola Banjoko, co-chair for the Sussex Health and Care Partnership BAME programme Turning the Tide, and Executive Managing Director, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

I am especially proud about the launch of our Proud to Be Gratitude awards which celebrates our unsung heroes.  This is your chance to help us celebrate members of staff who are making a real difference to challenge racism, inequality and injustice across the Sussex health and care sector and beyond.

This award will give a voice to people who make black history every day and who deserve to be honored! So please join us in October to make this a joyful  event, one that we can reflect on with pride.

Sussex Black History Month events

Sussex Health and Care Partnership teams have come together for Black History Month 2021 this year to schedule an inspiring and thought-provoking series of events, articles and collection of stories from BAME voices to bring our communities together.

All events are open to all staff working for any organisation in the Sussex Health and Care Partnership (unless otherwise stated) – so book your place now and join the celebrations. More events added daily.