Celebrating Black History Month at Gateshead

Posted on Tue, 19/10/2021

Details of Black History Month event

October is Black History Month in the UK and staff across Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust will be celebrating the occasion with a host of different activities.

Black History Month is celebrated in the UK throughout the month of October. It is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black African and Caribbean communities have made both locally and across the world, while remembering important people and events in history.

People of African and African-Caribbean heritage make an invaluable contribution to our life in the UK. The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe of people from a Black and ethnic minority background; with one-in-five of the workforce are from a Black and ethnic minority background. 

Kuldip Sohanpal, EDI and engagement manager at Gateshead NHS Trust, said: "We want to raise awareness of the enormous contribution black communities have made, and continue to make, to our society both here in Gateshead and across the UK.

"Gateshead NHS Trust is committed to being a fair and diverse workplace where both our patients and staff feel supported, valued, and free to be themselves."

A range of activities and events are planned for the month including:

  • Anyone can attend an exciting virtual event, featuring some amazing speakers: In Conversation with John James OBE, Professor Carol Baxter CBE, Estephanie Dunn, and Professor David Olusoga, BBC historian, broadcaster and filmmaker. Book your place now.

  • The QE Library has a range of literature, articles, and podcasts on the subject of racial equity available.

  • The Hub, the QE’s restaurant is providing a series of menus celebrating cuisine from African and African-Caribbean cultures.

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