Picture of Melissa with her quote about Black History Month

Melissa Blackburn
Anti-social behaviour officer 

Melissa works in our anti-social behaviour team – this is her story about why Black History Month is important to her.

Black History Month gives us the opportunity to become educated in other cultures and appreciate other races. It’s a time to reflect on the activists and organisers of the past, involved in the fight for racial equality and recognise how far we have come.

I think things have got better in some ways but some stereotypes will always remain (especially in the media). However, I feel that Black History Month gives everyone an opportunity to see the positive achievements from the past, current and future.

For Melissa, it’s the journey of her ancestors which inspires her today:

My family are the most inspirational people in my life. Nothing is impossible is the motto for my family and I was raised to aim high and to know and understand that working together will achieve better results than working alone.

My family are originally from Jamaica and came over after the Second World War. It wasn’t easy, but through sheer hard work, determination (and discipline) they have achieved what was said to be the impossible and I am so proud and blessed. It doesn’t take a politician or sport star to be inspirational, I believe it starts at home with good family morals and teaching our children to work hard and be positive despite any obstacles that they may face… Nothing is impossible!!

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