On Friday 20th October UNISON hosted a national Black History Month event and invited Show Racism the Red Card education workers, Shona and Francis, along to run a stall and speak to the guests in attendance.
Margaret Greer, UNISON National Officer, Race Equality, said;
“On behalf of the National Black Members’ Committee, I would like to thank you very much for attending and speaking at UNISON’s recent National Black History Month event that took place at the UNISON Centre.”
“It was certainly an interesting and inspiring day and your contribution was most appreciated. We have received lots of positive feedback about the event and we hope that this will be the first of many more to be held at the Centre.”
“The members were very impressed with the content of your speech and Show Racism the Red Card Stall and ‘Wear Red Day’ we hope that you enjoyed the event as well. Once again, thank you.”
Francis Duku, Show Racism the Red Card Education Worker, spoke at the Black History Month event about what it is like to work for the campaign and his experiences of discussing racism with young people. An extract of Francis’s speech can be found below.
"When a young person comes up to you at the end of the day and voluntarily tells you that they have previously some of the words / phrases that we have discussed in the workshop, but now actually understands what those words mean, the impact it has on people and promise that they will no longer use them, you know it's been a good day and it makes the 6am starts so much more worthwhile."
A massive thank you to UNISON for inviting Francis & Shona along to such an important event and for the continued support of the campaign.