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Black History Month - Shebaughn Annon

Black History Month - Shebaughn Annon

Date of release: 29 October 2020

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Nursing Associate Apprentice Shebaughn Annon is our final Black History Month staff spotlight!

What does Black History Month mean to you and why should we celebrate it?

Black History Month to me is important because it is part of my history and my family history.

It is a chance for me to educate myself and others on my history, a chance for me to know where I came from and get informed on all the great achievements and accomplishments black people have done throughout time.

It is also a chance to become aware of the struggles we have endured and overcome throughout history and to be able to move forward and progress.

If I know where I come from, I know where I am going. I celebrate this all year through, but Black History Month is a chance to involve others and highlight, educate and celebrate black people publicly and inclusively.

How important is it for all people to recognise Black History Month?

I feel like we should all be familiar with Black History Month because it is a celebration just like any other celebration and often this gets forgotten by society.

I remember in my school Black History Month was never recognised whereas on other historic days we were allowed non-uniform days to celebrate. I am passionate about trying to change that and make it something that is widely celebrated.

I feel it will help with inclusion and diversity and help people to recognise and embrace other differences and bring us together as a society.

I want people to see us how I see us and feel included in society and I think celebrating something for black people will help everyone feel included and part of society.

As a BAME person, how have attitudes changed towards you over the years?

I don’t refer to myself as a BAME person. I am who I am. Over the years people’s attitude towards me has been very mixed. Some are very interested to get to know me and others try to avoid me.

Since BAME has become a more publicised issue I feel like it’s highlighted more to people that I am a black woman and that makes people treat me differently. I don’t want to be treated any differently to anyone else.

If Black History Month is to be celebrated more publicly I feel people’s attitudes will change and people will be more welcoming and open to others. I hope this is the start of becoming a regular celebration for everyone.

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