October is Black History Month and Black Employees Support Network at the Council is marking it this year with a special event on Wednesday 7th November, between 12.00pm and 2.00pm.

Carole Mills, Chief Executive of Derby City Council, is hosting a talk and discussion on the theme of Unconscious Bias with representatives from our LGBT and DEN groups and key speaker David Shosanya.  David is an ordained Baptist minister, coach, facilitator and professional public speaker and a co-founder of the nationally acclaimed Street Pastors.  David is also a member of the Trans-Atlantic Roundtable on Race and Religion, a network of academics, activists, community leaders, faith leaders and practitioners committed to exploring the subject of race and religion.

The event is open to all and will be held in the Council Chamber and there will be a panel and opportunities for Q&A. You can book tickets on Eventbrite

Light refreshments will be provided with an immediate start at 12.00pm. If possible, we would appreciate you arriving at 11.30am, so you can be refreshed and have time to mingle with other attendees, before the event starts.

There are other events taking place across the city to celebrate Black History Month in Derby notably:

“Honoring the Past Inspiring the Future” on Saturday 20th October 1.00pm – 5.00pm at St. Michael’s Hall, Elvaston Lane, DE24 0PU,  It will be an afternoon/ evening with performances, music and food on sale and much more in support of African Centered youth group Unity Works. Cost £1.00

“On The Sideline – Africans in World War 1” on Saturday 27th October at Potters House Church Derby, 254 Abbey Street, Derby, DE22 3SX, will be an engaging and eye opening workshop, hosted by Selena Carty, about African involvement during the Great War. The event is free and African food will be on sale.

Lauraine Harris, Chair of BESN said:

“Black History Season is one of the many great opportunities for people of African and Caribbean communities to display and explore our very rich and diverse heritage.  Our BHS 2018 event provides us with an opportunity to engage with all communities as we explore the issue of Unconscious Bias and how its impacts our everyday lives, including our interactions in the workplace.”

Cllr Evonne Williams, Minority Ethnic Communities Champion said:

“I’m really looking forward to this event and to engage with the issue of Unconscious Bias. It’s important for us acknowledge our past and to celebrate Black History Month and I would encourage everyone to attend.”