I believe it is important to celebrate Black History Month as it allows reflection and gratitude as you look back at the different generations and the journey the black community have historically been a part of. Despite the different cultures, we can connect to honour this month and who we are. I also believe it is an important opportunity to learn about moral standing of people in different societal facets that help our society and community come together.
In my life I have faced and witnessed many challenges related to racial equality and civil rights both on a societal level and within the workplace. I worked as a nurse and at times my colour was perceived as a disadvantage, many times others would receive promotions solely based on their colour despite us having similar qualifications.
My parents were a great example, they showed me how you can build yourself in society, this encouraged me through all my life experiences specifically when facing challenges. My father was very involved in politics taking the role of the ‘Justice of the Peace’, this helped me see others that were disadvantaged and the help that we can all offer. I have carried this with me through my life.