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Black History Month at Richmond upon Thames College

Monday 17 October 2022

The month of October is internationally celebrated as ‘Black History Month’ a time where Black History and Black pioneers are commemorated and celebrated for their achievements.

People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British and American history for centuries. However, campaigners for Black History Month believe their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted.

It is often, that organisations still teach a history curriculum which focuses on traditional events and the achievements of white figures. Therefore, Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.

Richmond upon Thames College is committed to valuing and promoting Black History during October, as well as continuing this important practice throughout the year through a variety of channels.

This month, Richmond upon Thames College is delivering sessions on the theme of Black History Month, ‘Are actions more impactful than words?’ as well as how to be an active ally to the black community.

The college library has a great display of Black History related books and authors and the first book club meeting takes place in mid-October featuring books solely by Black authors.

In addition, RuTC catering staff have been busy making food that celebrates cultural diversity.

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