Susan gets community recognition this Black History Month
Congratulations to Susan James our Pobl Academy Lead who was recently presented with a community recognition award by Race Council Cymru for her contributions to Black History in Wales.
Susan has worked with diverse communities since she was a young person, developing programmes that give a voice to individuals and groups that may have struggled to be heard by the wider community, local service providers and within political arenas.
The awards form part of the official launch of both Black History Month and the All Wales Black History Youth Awards.
In 2007 Susan was one of the founding members of the Black History Month programme and went on to sit on a board of volunteer directors for the Black History Association Wales, helping lead the cultural engagement programme. Sue’s research and working practices have received accolades over the years including being included in UNESCO’s ‘Everywhere in Chains’ community heritage programme and toolkit which was one of twenty programmes worldwide commemorating the bicentenary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act and its legacy.
Susuan was over the moon with the award recognition:
“This award means a huge amount to me! I’ve had the privilege of working with so many inspirational people over the years, community participants and community leaders alike. I’ve worked with them to develop workshops, learning resources, exhibitions, music festivals – you name it I/we’ve had a go! 😊. I couldn’t have done this if it was wasn’t for the community that both welcomed me and supported my work”.
The award presentation took place on 28th September at Cardiff Bay’s Pierhead Building. Every October throughout the UK, BHM celebrates the achievements and contributions of Black people to the development of British society, technology, economy and arts & culture.
Susan’s contribution is really something to be proud of. #BHMWales #BlackHistoryMonth