Last year we renewed our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement. As part of that commitment, we also marked UK Black History Month for the first time in its long and rich history. We know we’ve been slow to join the movement. But now we have, we’re committed to centring the experiences of our Black MS community within it.
This year the theme is ‘Proud to be...’ We want to celebrate stories of the many Black people in our MS community and highlight the unique challenges they face.
It's a vital part of our work to better represent everyone living with MS.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month (BHM) is a month of events in October which celebrate the culture, history and achievement of Britain’s African and Caribbean communities.
What are we doing to mark Black History Month?
We’ll be sharing stories in our blogs and on social media that centre the voices of Black people in the MS community. And encouraging people to get involved and help shape our services and support through co-production.
We’ll hear from researchers, young bloggers, volunteers, colleagues and people all across the community on what Black History Month means to them.
We know we are not reaching or representing our whole community as we should. We’ve taken steps to formalise representation in our brand guidelines. But we know we need to do more. Sharing stories is important, but it’s just one part of what we need to do.
How can I get involved?
Get in touch with [email protected] if you’d like to share your story on our social channels or blogs