May Manickavasagar - Resourcing Business Partner
"BHM has always been a month of long nights and deep conversations in my friendship circle – it commences on the 1st of October which also coincided with Nigeria’s Independence Day. Myself and my Nigerian and Ghanaian friends need no excuse to get together to eat, drink and laugh, however 1st of October and the month is always slightly different - we debate it every year – "why do we still have BHM"…"It should not be just a month"…"I think next year they should…"
This is why BHM is great - it starts conversation/debate/sharing of experiences/asking questions/achievements/opportunities, which now, more than ever, is vital. To me, BHM is an opportunity to re-evaluate how far we have come but also how far we have yet to go. It’s a chance not just to celebrate and remember the famous names, but also for me to take stock of the amazing black people in my life – how I have been there first hand to witness their hardships, their achievements, their journey, their growth, their experiences and to remember how lucky I am to call them my friends and family.
This year, I think it’s important for me to have similar conversations with my other non - POC friends. Just as with BLM we must have a constant dialogue!!! It’s vital to speak and to listen to one another. So, let’s make the most of this Black History Month to try and make a difference, even if that means just listening!"