This year’s Community Achievers Awards will take place on 28th November at the African Caribbean Centre. The Award celebrations are an important aspect of community life. The Awards present an opportunity for us to remember pioneers, and acknowledge, endeavour and celebrate the positive contributions women and men from our communities make to our communities and wider society.
In Leicester particularly such celebrations are important because African Heritage women and men are often regarded as social challenges requiring special measures, rather than social assets who contribute to the development of the city and county.
There is a lot of negative publicity around gangs and guns in our community. But celebrations like this draw attention to people who are important and influential and positive role models in our community. We need to demonstrate that there’s more going on in the Black community than singing, dancing and sport.
There are two stereotypes: Angry Black Men and Suffering Black Women, and actually most of us are neither of those things. We should stop thinking of Black people as fitting one of those two stereotypes, and look at the individual rather than think of them as a category. This kind of exercise helps to do that and will make a huge difference to a lot of people’s lives.
African Caribbean Citizens Forum, Rapport Magazine, Summer Edition, 2009, p. 1.
Donated by Carol Varley: African Caribbean Citizens Forum