Council shows support for Black History Month


‘Proud to Be’ is this year’s theme for Black History Month (BHM), and throughout October, Solihull Council is encouraging people across the borough to share their stories and responses to the question ‘who are you proud to be?’ 

This is an opportunity to explore the rich and varied identities within Solihull and gain insight from the unique perspectives of the individuals that make up the borough. 

Residents are invited to share their personal stories on social media using the hashtags #BHM2021 #ProudToBe #Solihull

Cllr Bob Sleigh OBE, Cabinet Member for Resources at Solihull Council, said:

“I am delighted to see the commencement of Black History Month and hope that people will share their experiences with us on social media.  This year’s campaign aims to amplify the voices of those who have historically been marginalised in the UK. 

“We are asking our workforce to share their experiences too as we recognise that making the Council a safe space for ethnic minorities is essential to creating a team that can understand the experiences of others, to deliver effective services to the wider community that live and work in our borough. 

“Encouraging these important conversations in the workplace is a part of the Council’s continued commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming employer for all.”

Theatre Production

On Tuesday 12 October, the Core Theatre will be screening a performance of WANTED, presented by Gazebo Theatre Company, as part of Solihull’s Black History Month celebrations. A powerful drama littered with comedy, WANTED explores the stories of 5 extraordinary women throughout history, brought together by a passion for standing up for what is right. A Q&A session will be held after the screening

Further information and tickets are available on the Core Theatre website.

Solihull Library Reading List

The Core Library has put together a list of recommended book titles for Black History Month. A range of fiction and non-fiction titles is available to browse in physical format, e-audio format and e-book format on the library website.