Metanoia Institute is supporting and celebrating Black History Month.
As with many organisations in our sector, although we acknowledge injustices and privileges within our society, we know we need to be doing more. We need to become a full anti-racist organisation and use our platform to not only support our black colleagues and students, but to magnify their voices and their experiences.
Our Board and Executive are determined to work for equality and social justice and build a community of staff and students, who feel able to express their experiences of racism or inequality, in the knowledge they will be supported.
“2020 has held a mirror up to the world and forced many to see the reality of racism in all its guises. From Black people dying disproportionately in the pandemic, to the horrific murder of George Floyd and no justice for Breonna Taylor – the 26-year-old emergency medical worker killed by police in her own home.”
Catherine Ross - Founder Director, Museumand - The National Caribbean Heritage Museum Editor of Black History Month 2020 https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/
Metanoia Institute continues to strive to be as inclusive as possible, as stated in our Ethos and Values . We are pleased to be able to share the useful guide our colleagues at Middlesex University have produced to help inform, educate and celebrate black experiences.
Whilst within the counselling sector, BACP recently wrote about what needs to change in their recent Therapy Today. This collection of black and Asian counsellors' perspectives is an excellent resource to share, opening up discussions around race in the therapy room.
Black History Month 2020 is a time for togetherness, to acknowledge our own historic faults and hopefully learn lessons for the present and the future. No longer can, nor should, racism be a fight just for our black colleagues and students. It is a time for solidarity, to reclaim the history of black origin and stand up against all forms of racism in every aspect of our society.
We celebrate Black History in October, as a time to highlight historical and cultural impacts made by black members of our society. Black culture and history isn’t just for October, but in our white dominated calendar we use Black History Month in October as a platform until full equality is reached.
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