Black History Month

26th October 2018

Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, hosted a Black History Month celebration this week in Parliament for the sixth year running. The event was co-sponsored with Conservative Party Vice Chair for Communities and Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald, Helen Grant MP.

The event was organised by Tony Tokunbo Fernandez, a published author and poet, international award winner, motivational speaker and founder of Africa4u.

In the spirit of community cohesion, guests were invited from across the world to attend the event, including guests from Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Jamaica, Barbados, India and the UK. Around 60 people attended.

Some of the keynote speakers at the event included:

  • Dr Tokie Laotan-Brown – Environmental Architectural Technologist and Author
  • Professor Kehinde Andrews – Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University
  • Esther Stanford-Xosei, Juriconsult and Broadcaster 

Speakers and guests celebrated the achievements and paid tribute to the sacrifices of the African and Caribbean diaspora as well as remembering their history.

Alok Sharma said: “I was delighted to sponsor this Black History Month event in Parliament for the sixth year in a row. Those in Britain from the African and Caribbean diaspora make a significant contribution to British society and this event provided an opportunity to celebrate their individuals work and achievements too. Congratulations to Tony for organising another thought-provoking event.”

Tony Tokunbo Fernandez said: “I was humbled to organise The Black History Month celebrations at the Houses of Parliament for the sixth year in a row in conjunction with Alok Sharma MP, who always opens his doors to community initiatives inspired by great ideas. This year's event was probably the best ever with great community achievers travelling from many far places around the country. The least I can do is be the change I want to see in society and I am humbled to be supported by Alok.”

Alok Sharma MP hosts Black History Month event in Parliament
Alok Sharma MP hosts Black History Month event in Parliament

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