The struggle to establish Black Cultural Archives took over three decades. The NMAAHC in the United States has been 100 years in the making; however the feat has left me with an indelible mark of what is possible for Black-led organisations here; but there are some major lessons to learn to make our own mark...
It's Black History Month- but from conversations with different people- it would appear that not many people know that it's BHM or even what BHM is. It's tragic that a month, which is designed to raise awareness about African and Afro-Caribbean history- seems to receive little attention and many of who, the month is targeted at aren't fully aware of it.
Thank you for your speech Mr. Umunna but unfortunately you do not speak for me. While there is some merit to your remarks, I, for one am, quite annoyed and not having any of it. While its understood that the media should portray an all-encompassing image of black people in hopes of dispelling negative perceptions, your call to action will simply not work.
My eyebrows raised, internally I grit my teeth, and even more determined to subconsciously push the diversity agenda in the workplace whenever I could, but did I say anything to the boss? Hell no. I would be seen as the latest 'pro-black-chip-on -her -shoulder -ethnic' and being a female of colour in this business is tough enough! Call it double jeopardy.
Richard Wright died on 28 November 1960. The Afro-American writer paved the way for future writers like James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison and prepared the ground for the civil rights movement. Both his memoirs Black Boy and Native Son were instant bestsellers and changed the literary scene in the US over night.