Black History Month Event in Wandsworth

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GMB Wandsworth and Battersea Labour jointly held a "Roots & Future" Event to mark Black History Month

Despite the rain all day, the event was well attended by comrades from the Labour Party, fellow employees and members and people from the Community. GMB were able to count approximately 70 people. The event was welcomed by Marsha de Cordova, MP for Battersea and Shadow Minister for Disabled People who spoke about Black Heroes past and present.

Black Minds Matter then performed. They are a group of youths who highlighted and presented a performance surrounding issues that affect young black adults. They were extremely inspiring and their performance was awesome

The Panel was chaired by Maurice McLeod - Councillor and Writer

The Panel consisted of Maya Goodfellow -Guardian Writer and Author

Nadia Syed from Stand Up to Racism

Katrina Ffrench from Stopwatch

Patrick Vernon - Historian

Lee Jasper- Former Deputy Mayor of London

The above Panel was excellent and discussed historical events to where we are now, some of the topics discussed were education, austerity, knife crime, policing, stress and the workplace and how to improve working collectively.

GMB Wandsworth were a great team and did the GMB proud. Give thanks to, Charmaine, Sabi, Taiye, Dave, Leya and Skye. You were a great team to work with.

Thank you to Charlaine Nkum for her help with organising the stalls, many thanks.

Big thanks to Audrey Wilson who was supportive in the background whilst organising the event and for being helpful on the day.

Thank you everyone for your support.

One of the outcomes of the questions and answers panel was for us to create our own Wandsworth Black History Alliance Group. So watch this space...


We had 10 stalls on the day which were African attire, Jewellery, T-Shirts, Men Unlocked (an organisation supporting men with personal and mental health issues) Maya, (Art) Jacqueline (Art),Sean Creighton (Historian), Stopwatch, Stand Up To Racism, GMB Wandsworth, Battersea Labour

Last but not least the catering and food was delicious. A great day had by all from feedback received!