From 1 October, Croydon College celebrated Black History Month. Black History Month celebrates the people from African and Caribbean backgrounds who have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries.
During this time of celebration, the college held many activities and events to mark pivotal moments in history.
The college hosted the Windrush Collection where founder and creator, Tony Fairweather, took us through memory lane with his collection from this pivotal era. The author of Twenty Eight Pounds Ten Shillings, captivated staff, students and the general public with his exhibition as he talked about his upbringing during that time and what a traditional Caribbean household looked like. See images below.
The college also had the pleasure of welcoming Beverley Braithwaite to speak to our Access to Nursing and Health & Social Care students. The accomplished nurse spoke to the students about her experiences as a Caribbean nurse. Currently studying for a PhD, Beverley has written a book on nursing diverse communities with a focus on Black and Brown People. Beverley also urged the students to remember that this is just the beginning of their journey.
To mark the 25 anniversary of Wear Red Day, our Hospitality & Catering, Public Services and Sport departments at Croydon College celebrated in style.
Wear Red is the UK’s leading anti-racism charity; with every heart and mind that the charity changes, lives are also changed.
As Martin Luther King Jr stated, “The time is always right to do what is right”. You can also find out more about what Croydon College is doing to tackle racism at FREDIE.
Overall, the college paid homage to icons and influencers who have positively impacted black culture and history; trailblazers who opened and continue to open the doors for black culture and ethnic minorities. There was also an appreciation of the past which made us realise how important it is to enjoy the present. Happy black history month.