Black History Month 2023

Black History Month was created to challenge racism and to celebrate black culture and the lives of black people who have done remarkable things for all around the world. It has since grown into a national event that is celebrated annually throughout the month of October.

This years theme is: Celebrating our Sisters, Saluting our Sisters, and Honouring Matriarchs of Movements.

Black History Month is an annual celebration that draws attention to the vital need for representation, identity, equality and diversity in the workplace, schools and everyday life. Our Black History Month speakers draw on their powerful stories, experiences and insights to schools, colleges and universities and put on classes to teach Black History while businesses often hold events used to educate themselves and employees to help improve equality and inclusivity across their businesses.

One of the best ways to celebrate Black History Month is by inviting experts to come your business and speak to your employees.

We have championed just a few of our black history month speakers below…

Will Njobvu is a TV/radio presenter and public speaker on mental health, diversity, inclusion and racial equality.
Diversity, inclusion and racial equality is a topic close to Will’s heart as he was racially abused in school and college. Now, he is determined to make change, educate and inspire. In 2019, MediaCom invited Will to deliver a talk on the importance of diversity in the workplace and it was well received by the audience.
Donna Fraser OBE is a 4x Olympian, Inspirational Speaker, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist and Breast Cancer Now Ambassador.
Her stories are filled with drive, resilience and compassion and she has the ability to tailor make her speeches to highlight key messages to suit the client, taking them on a roller coaster of emotions filled with motivation, elation and inspiration. Donna has become a leader in equality diversity and inclusion with over 10 years of corporate experience within business, sport, leadership, well-being and PMA for both start-ups and established companies.
Andreena Leeanne is a Self-Employed Lived Experience Speaker, Writing Workshop Facilitator, Poet & Author of CHARRED: A survivor speaks her truth to inspire, a collection of poems published by Team Angelica in October 2020 and shortlisted for a Polari First Book Prize in 2021.
Andreena has created a variety of 45 minute presentations + Q&A which she delivers to corporate organisations, colleges and secondary schools on authenticity, intersectionality, equity, equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging from a lived experience perspective.
A promising footballer who went on to represent Team GB at the Paralympic Games, Alistair Patrick-Heselton’s story is one of perseverance and determination. Alistair now acts as a mentor and speaker for the next generation of footballers, working with the PFA, Premier League and regional FAs to guide and inspire children across the country.
Since making his Team GB debut at the 2011 CPISRA Championships for England, Alistair became a shining star for his country, playing a crucial role in the lead-up to the 2012 BT Paralympic World Cup final.

Ije McDougall is the Founder of The Kairos Initiative, a Magistrate and a HR/Employment Law Expert.

Her unique perspective and lived experiences as a immigrant woman mixed with her BBC training and HR background have provided much needed insight and engagement to her audiences. Her talk on Racial Equality was featured on the Black Lives Matter Website.

With her unique storytelling technique, Ije has spoken to a wide array of audiences from schools and colleges to multinational corporate audiences.

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