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Croydon Colleges celebrate Black History Month

29th October 2020
  • Croydon College Students Celebrate Black History Month
Croydon College and Coulsdon Sixth Form College have been working with staff, pupils and external experts throughout October to mark Black History Month.

Art and Design students at Croydon College are currently working with the Horniman Museum, the South London museum, which aims to connect people with global cultures and the natural environment while encouraging everyone to shape a positive future for the world.

The museum has generously lent the College 13 objects originating from West Africa and other BAME cultures and following a workshop on how to look after and handle the objects, students will be able to research and use their findings as inspiration for their deconstruct projects. 

The artefacts will be available to the College until 9 December.

HE Undergraduates from the University Centre Croydon were also given the opportunity to hear from and ask questions in a live webinar with Cllr Kate Anolue, Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield, to discuss her incredible life and career.

Sixty Public Health & Social care students preparing to start careers in the healthcare sector gathered virtually to hear Cllr Anolue’s inspirational story hearing about her upbringing in Nigeria and working during the civil war and moving over to England in the 1970’s, where she trained to become a midwife and lawyer before becoming a councillor in 2002 and later the first African woman to be inaugurated as mayor of the same authority twice.

Cllr Anolue said during her address to students: “My profession is nursing but empowering women is my utmost aim. 

“Nothing is impossible. It’s the way you think and the way you carry yourself. Your mind is an amazing thing. It can tell you can’t do it and you give up. When it says you can do it you can open up.
“You must always be positive about yourself.”

Alongside numerous displays across the two colleges marking the outstanding contributions people of African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK over many generations, departments have hosted their own events throughout the month, including encouraging students to wear traditional homeland outfits and activities that educate peers on their heritage, alongside serving traditional culinary dishes for students and staff to enjoy, creating a music piece and choreography inspired by Black History Month, and hosting a debate about the importance of black role models in the sports industry. 

The Colleges are also celebrating the diversity of their own staff and students, with a spotlight on their achievements. 

Caireen Mitchell, CEO and Principal, Croydon College said: “We are so proud of all our students and the work they are doing as part of Black History Month. Croydon College celebrates the diverse backgrounds of both students and teachers and it is amazing to see how much they have been able to learn from each other about their heritage and the important role their ancestors have played in making the UK the place it is today. I cannot wait to see the final works the students produce which we will celebrate not just this month but across the year.”

For more information please visit www.croydon.ac.uk or www.coulsdon.ac.uk

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