To mark Black History Month the College is featuring a series of profile stories…. Among those featured is Dr Ron Reid-Edwards who, in this thread, reflects on the month and how people might best honour its message #BlackHistoryMonthUK 1/10
Dr Ron Reid-Edwards: “This year in particular, the shaping of many of our public institutions such as the NHS by people traveling from the Caribbean to make new lives in the UK, often meeting tremendous hostility at the time, deserves recollecting.” #nhs #windrush 2/10
“The juxtaposition of this part of our history, the outpouring of gratitude towards those who work in & support the #NHS during the coronavirus pandemic..." 3/10
"...and the all-too recent #Windrush scandal is illustrative and reminds us why Black Lives Matter is relevant and (sadly) necessary.” 4/10
“There is a feeling that we are living through an important point in Black history in the form of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Regardless of your personal views on defunding the police or decolonising curricula..." 5/10
"... I hope that people will continue to take the time to reflect on the experiences of those who may be their colleagues or neighbours but have experienced very different lives.” 6/10
“The open mindedness and willingness to question assumptions about the society we share and our own behaviour is not unique to the BLM movement but it does have a special resonance during #BlackHistoryMonthUK” 7/10
“Finally, I find it a shame that ancient human history is not taught in schools. Our views are often formed by perspectives that are parochial in both time and space..." 8/10
"...I think an appreciation of the origin of homo sapiens, the great migrations, and how we got to where we are today would provide…” 9/10
“…a counterweight to some of the more ugly rhetoric that is now resurgent in some parts of the world. It’s a gripping story but it also gives a healthy perspective and a reminder that ultimately we are all of one race. Human.” #BlackHistoryMonthUK Dr Ron Reid-Edwards. 10/10

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