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“We are not forgetting where we have come from and who we are.”- ExtraCare resident Myrtle discusses Black History Month.

All around the world, people are celebrating Black History Month by remembering important figures and events from history, honouring present day activists, or simply finding ways to lift up our own communities.

This Black History Month ExtraCare’s Pannel Croft Village held a parliamentary workshop where the village was joined by Clare Mullin, Education and Engagement Officer for the Houses of Parliament to the West Midlands to explain how residents can be heard by government. They also had two guest speakers during the workshop Gilroy Brown – one of the first black head teachers and Rachel Okello – an immigration solicitor.

The Village also held an afternoon tea featuring entertainment from Singer/Songwriter Laura Ige and British Jamaican guitarist and vocalist Basil Gabbidon, and an exhibition took place where residents shared books, artwork, speeches, materials, and videos.

As we reach the end of the month Mrytle Anglin, 84, who has lived at Pannel Croft Village since 2019 discusses the importance of Black History Month and what it means to her.

Can you describe what Black History Month means to you?

In a nutshell we try and get along with as many people as possible. It is hard to define but it raises awareness and it’s important. It shouldn’t be about just one month; however it shows our progression and achievements.

What have you been doing at the village to honour it?

My daughter wrote a piece about a poignant figure in history.

Why do you think it is so important to honour Black History Month especially within our retirement villages?

It gives a sense of belonging, a sense of knowing our value. We are not forgetting where we have come from and who we are. It represents us all!