Everyone can get involved in Black History Month

Published: Monday 2nd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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This week marks the beginning of Black History Month. To celebrate, Hull-based charity Best Hope is hosting a number of events.

We spoke with Augustus Onabanjo, Chair of Hull Black History Partnership and Project Leader of Best Hope, to find out more.

Established in June 2010, Best Hope aims to bridge the gap in community service provision by serving the needs of socially, economically and financially marginalised people.

Meanwhile, Hull Black History Partnership consists of a broad number of organisations, including agencies and individuals. Its purpose is to discover more about Hull’s black history via events, workshops and discussion.

“My mission as Chair is to bring black community groups together and commemorate the achievement of the black community in Hull and the UK,” Augustus tells us.

“We actively promote social cohesion, community integration and access to services for disadvantaged people. This covers a range of areas, including training, employability, skills enhancement, health and social care, and community development.”

Their Social Enterprise Training programme supports jobseekers and black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in finding work and accessing the necessary qualifications. On top of this, they also provide support for those with health issues. The Community Development programme ensures that members of the community are equipped with the necessary set of skills to carry out everyday tasks and improve their quality of work, benefiting the city as a whole.

For Black History Month, the organisation is hosting a series of exciting events across the city.

“There will be a catwalk organised by Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA). This will showcase the diversity of Hull through different cultures and costume.”

HANA promotes the wellbeing of the black and minority ethnic community throughout the city and the region. The HANA Fashion Show takes place on Sunday 7 October from 12pm until 5pm at Jubilee Church on King Edward Street.

“The Community Forward Food Festival on Saturday 14 October will allow people to sample different cuisines from different cultures,” explains Augustus. This tasty event runs at the Afro Food Lounge on Spring Bank.

“We’re also organising a Hull Talent Show. This is about inspiring young people to follow their aspirations,” he adds.

Starting at 6pm on 27 October at the New Walton Club, the Hull Talent Show is a culmination of the activities happening during the Black History Month.

Best Hope will end the monthlong celebration on a high at their premises on Spring Bank with an Afro Fashion Celebration.

Find out more about Best Hope and the Hull Black History Partnership, and keep up to date with events via the Best Hope Facebook page.

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Published: Monday 2nd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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