Black History Month
Kevin is a board member at Wolverhampton Homes and is passionate about building stronger communities in our city. We asked Kevin about what Black History Month means to him:
I think it is important that we celebrate the successes and positive changes that black people have made within Wolverhampton and throughout the UK since their arrival many decades ago.
I believe this honour we bestow during this period should not be constrained to one month but should be engrained in the consciousness of the City all year round.
‘History’ for the black community (and for all communities) is important because it values the legacy of our ‘Fathers and Mothers’, who were the foundation stones of the successes many of us achieve today. And for all the achievements and advancements that are made today and for the future, Black History Month motivates us to never lose sight of the fact that we have had a ‘head start’ because of the sacrifices that have been made in the past by people who achieved in a climate of adversity and humble resources.
We asked him about his role models:
My parents have always been a primary focus of inspiration and admiration because of their strong work ethic, tenacity, resilience, and compassion. This is reflective of many of their peers within the city and I salute them all for their consistency of strength and passion for life. They are role models of the highest order.
As for his favourite film, he didn't hesistate:
‘A Soldier’s Story’ is one of my favourite films made in the 1980’s. It is about a black officer sent to investigate a murder of a sergeant in Louisiana near the end of World War II. It’s a great film because it holds to the hope that if you are motivated, determined, and not afraid of working outside the mainstream when necessary, justice can be done; even for the most disadvantaged in our society.
Kevin sums up Black History Month with a quote from Rosa Parks:
I had no idea that history was being made… I was just tired of giving up.
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:13