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Croydon College Group is working with Croydon BME Forum to celebrate Black History Month (BHM) with a series of interviews allowing staff and students to tell their own story and what makes them proud of their culture and heritage.

Following the theme of Black History Month 2021 – Proud 2 be – Croydon College’s Creative Arts Department is creating a 10-minute vox pop in collaboration with Croydon BME Forum and photographer John Matthews, which aims to spark impactful conversation and celebrate the culture and heritage of black British people at the College.

The video has been hosted online – and can be viewed here – and shown at in-person events as part of BHM, providing an open forum for debate and conversation after the video is shown.

Croydon University Centre will also be marking BHM as Andrew Brown, CEO of Croydon BME Forum, will be giving a talk to all HE students on 21 October. All lectures will finish at 11am to allow for all students to attend and participate in the event.

And at Coulsdon Sixth Form College AS Level Graphics students have been creating posters on Adobe Photoshop, mixing photographs with inspirational quotes and/or facts from iconic Black History figures or events. Part of the AS Graphics curriculum for many years now, the project gives students the opportunity to follow a live brief and display their work in the College for all to see for the next year.

Caireen Mitchell, CEO and Principal of the Croydon College Group, said: “We have a diverse community at the College, one that embraces inclusivity, and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate Black History Month in person once again. This is an extremely important month across all three of our locations and we hope students and staff take part and enjoy what we’ve got planned.”

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