HTA celebrate Black History Month
HTA have formed The Black African Caribbean Collective (BLACC@hta) which is a forum (with 20 employees) that provides a safe and supportive space for black colleagues at HTA to discuss issues around racism and equality within the workplace and wider society.
BLACC@hta organised our programme for Black History Month 2021 with the aim is to educate, recognise & celebrate aspects of the past, present and future of our diverse people and cultures.
The theme this year is ‘proud to be’ and our employees were delighted to share part of their lives with the wider HTA team.
Here’s what we’ve been up to:
- Black History River Cruise along the Thames
- Black History Walking Tour in Edinburgh
- Traditional dishes have been added to our weekly lunch menus. Our amazing catering team introduced dishes such as; West African Jollof and Rice, Caribbean Escovitch Fish and Jerk Chicken.
- BLACC Documentary/Film night: Small Axe Series (‘Mangrove’): We turned our central areas in Edinburgh & London into soft seating to host an intimate film night followed by a virtual discussion. Our events team provided traditional drinks and snacks to enhance the educational experience.
- Wear Red Day - Show Racism the Red Card: This is a national day of action which encourages schools, businesses and individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help fund anti-racism education for young people and adults across the UK. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism education charity, established in 1996. Working daily in schools throughout England, Scotland & Wales delivering anti-racism workshops to more than 50,000 young people every year, while also providing training to teachers. All HTA’s offices took part in Showing Racism the Red Card.
- Visits to Tanatswa Borerwe’s beautiful work at the Black in Full Colour Exhibition: Tanatswa is exhibiting three portraits of black women celebrating the rich culture of African prints and colours. They are currently part a an exhibition titled ‘Black in Full Colour’ where they explore black culture and its great and untold stories at the Woolwich Work, The Fireworks Factory, 11 No 1 St, Royal Arsenal, London SE18 6HD. The exhibition was organised specifically for Black History Month.
- Makery Make with Bianca Baidoo – African Symbol Lino Printing: The talented Bianca led a workshop into African symbols and what they represent and then translated them into a fun packed African symbol lino printing session, where they designed a lino stencil, chose their paint colours from 4 options and print these patterns on fabric bags.
- Finale Event: Celebration and fundraiser for the Sickle Cell Society
We are extremely proud to have been involved in such informative and wide ranging events and we look forward to implementing more throughout the course of the year.