Black History Month at Emperor
This October we celebrate Black History Month. First celebrated in the UK in 1987 and as a lot of us would have experienced, the majority of schools still focus on traditional events and the achievements of white figures. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
Every year during October there are numerous events across the UK for Black History Month, celebrating the achievements and contributions of black people – not just in the UK, but throughout the world – as well as to educate all on black history.
At Emperor, we want to ensure we play our part in raising awareness and educating ourselves during Black History Month and beyond, so we are currently running Emperor’s first ever internal campaign and are taking the opportunity to reflect deeper on the Black British experience.
Some of the things planned included sponsoring the ‘Influential and Remarkable Black Women’ event by Aleto Foundation – an organisation providing leadership development for young, diverse talent – as well as sharing a weekly series featuring prominent historical and contemporary black figures that contributed to British society.
We are also hosting a talk with the founder of Gallery OCA, Sherice Reinford; an open conversation about their experience and mission to challenge a lack of representation within the art industry. We are very proud of this initiative and are excited to keep growing and evolving it in the years to come.
We know this is about much more than focused effort during this month. We have to ensure that we keep working to create a more inclusive work environment and furthering Emperor’s ED&I policies to reflect our anti-discriminatory approach. We recently shared our first ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Emperor’ survey with our partners to collect relevant data and insight and we continue to run awareness workshops across the entire company.