From the Windrush generation that crossed the Atlantic 72 years ago, to the inspiring British researcher and author sharing untold stories, this month we’ve put a spotlight on some of the most influential black people in Britain.

Why we're celebrating Black History Month

We’re committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone, and part of that work is to make sure our employees can be themselves and feel respected and valued for their differences.

Throughout history, Black History Month has been a time to reflect on the incredible achievements and contributions black people have made to society. It has been a time to empower, explore, research and campaign, as well as look forward to the future. In 2020, this month seems more significant than ever.

This year, we chose to shine a light on the game changers doing great work for the community, and share some of our own colleagues’ black British experiences. 

Game changers: influential figures 

We’ve featured articles on important change makers including Baroness Lawrence, campaigner and founder of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, Dianne Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Claudia Jones, founder of Notting Hill Carnival. We also looked at some iconic moments in history such as the Windrush, where migrants from the Caribbean came to live and work in the UK.

Being black: sharing our colleagues stories

We’ve also been hearing from some of our own colleagues around the business who’ve shared their black experiences. In these inspiring personal accounts, we’ve been able to gain a better understanding of how important their identity is to them, the challenges they’ve faced, and the important things they’ve learnt throughout their journeys. 

100 Great Black Britons

In partnership with the Croydon Supplementary Education Project, we’re delighted to have Dr Angelina Osborne join us this month to deliver a webinar. She’s an independent researcher and heritage consultant, and co-author of 100 Great Black Britons released in September.