Picture of Simeon with nhis quote about Black History Month

Simeon Greene
Vice chair of our Equality and Diversity Steering Group

Simeon is the Vice Chair of our Equality and Diversity Steering Group. He works for EYES - Engage Youth Empowerment Services – which is an early intervention programme to engage young people on the fringes of the negative gang culture.

There are two particular aspects that I would like to see and share during Black History Month; an opportunity to explore hidden and lost stories about black history and to share these invaluable and collective lessons with black young people.

I feel these are important factors in making sense of the wider history of the world and help develop an understanding around the contributions made by all sections of the community.

When it comes to inspirational historical figures, Simeon could reel off plenty – but for us one really stood out.

Football is one of the cornerstones of British culture. As a sport, it’s worked hard to eradicate and challenge racism on the terraces. And although the work or groups like Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card continues – the inspiration of Walter Tull lives on.

He was one of the first black professional footballers in Britain, playing for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town in the years leading up to the First World War. Despite the poorest of backgrounds, he also became Britain's first black army officer - an almost unimaginable achievement at the time. He died in the second battle of the Somme.

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