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Black History Month at the Senedd


Black History Month
at the Senedd

BHM is important to us for promoting a learning environment, providing vital information and contributing to community cohesion. For the past thirty years it has strengthened the on-going struggles for equality and justice for individuals of African origin. Further to this, it educates, informs and inspires the citizens of Wales each day of the year to be proud of who we are and to understand our history and our origins.

This year, BHM in Wales is exploring the themes around 'Icons of Black Wales'. As well as having a presence at some of BHM Wales's external events, our Race Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage Workplace Equality Network is organising a range of internal activities and we'll be celebrating in two spheres: an exhibition at the Pierhead and an online conversation.


Online Conversation

Online, we'll be hosting a conversation, but you'll be talking and we'll be listening. We want you to send your thoughts on Icons of Black Wales - who's inspired you? Send your creativity to us via our social channels. Email works too, actually, you can send your thoughts to us via letters, phone messages, however you like. We're thinking pictures, poems, vlogs. It could be a song, rap, spoken word stuff. A haiku or a watercolour. It's up to you. We're a canvas for this one.

Send to: twitter - facebook - tag us on instagram (use #AssemblyWales #Senedd - send us a story via email - send us a link from your blog ... if you can think of other ways let us know.



Young, Migrant  Welsh and #ItooamCardiff
Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, 26 Oct-30 Nov

We'll be welcoming an exhibition delivered by the Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales (EYST) and Cardiff University. It will be displayed in the Pierhead Futures Gallery from 26 October-30 November 2018.

'Young, Migrant & Welsh', curated by the Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales (EYST Wales) aims to capture the experiences of young people from migratory backgrounds growing up in Wales. It explores concepts of belonging, identity and whether 'Welshness' as an inclusive concept. It also aims to break down misconceptions of the term 'migrant' and to reclaim it in a more positive context than current media discourses.

Also at the exhibition will be #ItooamCardiff, a student-led initiative highlighting the faces and voices of BME students at Cardiff University. The exhibition has been touring since 2016 as a way to give BME communities a voice, raise awareness and prompt discussion.



Wednesday - 03 October - Horn Development Association - Launch of Arab Merchant Navy Seamen Register of those who lost their lives in WW2

Pierhead, Cardiff Bay 11:00 – 13:30
This is the conclusion of an 18 month Heritage Lottery Funded Project `Heroes of the Gulf: Arab Merchant Seaman and World War 2’ that has sought to show the contribution, sacrifice and commitment to Britain of Muslim people during the hardest of times. Vaughan Gething, AM, is sponsoring and speaking at the event.

Friday - 05 October - Celebrating the Achievements of Welsh Black Rugby Players
Neuadd, Senedd 12:00 – 13:30
Event to promote awareness of the struggles and celebrate the achievements of Black Rugby Players in Wales. This event is being Sponsored by Vaughan Gething, AM.

Saturday - 20 October - BHM Wales: Young Icons of Black Wales showcase event
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay 11:30 – 18:00
Join us at this event to celebrate Young Icons of Black Wales and visit our stall. The event will be curated by Black History Young People and the Wales Millennium Centre Youth Platform, and will feature performances by New Town Kings Band, Reuel Elijah and much more!

Thursday - 25 October - Race Equality Conference: 50 Years of the Race Relations Act 1968
Pierhead, Cardiff Bay 10:00 – 16:00
This conference will explore and challenge the last fifty years of race relations in Wales and look at how far we have come as a nation. It will look at how we can work together to build cohesive communities, prosperity, equality and well-being and vibrant culture in the years ahead. 

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