“Black Lives Matter”

Posted by | July 31, 2020 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Off the back of all the injustices that have occurred and over generations, this injustice (George Floyd) has been the one to showcase the ‘Black Lives Matter’ more and bring it into focus internationally as well as nationally.

This should be seen as a positive thing to embrace diversity within the workplace and outside of the workplace. It is more people being educated into seeing we are all ‘one’ but there are differences between individuals. How you deal with the differences is the question. Is it covered up within your organisation or is it addressed positive.

Within Education, it is helpful to showcase positive ‘black’ role models rather than keep showcasing the negativity that tends to surround ‘Black History Week’. It would be helpful to have ‘Black History’ all year round within and as part of the curriculum rather than just a specific month ‘October’ to showcase positive historical pioneers (i.e. Mary Seacole (Nurse & Entrepreneur), Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks (Activist) also how many know about Mary Jackson (she became NASAs first black female mathematician and aerospace engineer); Dorothy Johnson Vaughan was an American mathematician and human computer who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.

There are current day positive role models (i.e. Lewis Hamilton (Formula One Champion); Baroness Scotland (the first woman and black person ever to hold the post); Naomi Campbell [changed fashion] by breaking down racial barriers in the multi-billion-pound industry; John Boyega (Star Wars fame); David Lammy (MP);  plus countless others. How many more can you research??