Date of release: 21 October 2020
Black History Month is important for the Trust - not only for recognising key figures from the past, but also as an opportunity to hear from present day staff about their own views and experiences.
Today we are speaking to Jennifer Ferguson, Health Care Assistant at New Cross Hospital’s Outpatients Department:
What does Black History Month mean to you and why should we celebrate it?
“Black History Month is about remembering all those brave shoulders we are now standing on – for me it’s God, my ancestors and my dearest parents. All three have a connection for me – they were courageous, tenacious, showed spirit and love…the list is endless.”
‘History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again’ – Maya Angelou (poet and civil rights activist).
How important is it to recognise Black History Month?
“This time is where all races should join together.
“Our young ones of all nationalities need to be taught about black history. We have the key to open their minds; they are our future, and from them, there will be change.
“I am a true believer in what you give out, is what you get back. We cannot see what’s within people, and how one person perceives the other, but what I do know is if you don’t like something, change it.”
‘If you cannot change it then change your attitude’ – Maya Angelou (poet and civil rights activist). #BlackHistoryMonth