Thank you to all constituents who have written to me recently regarding Black History Month, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. I would like to update you on the important action taken by the Labour Party in our commitment to racial equality and the abolishment of structural and systemic racism.
To mark the beginning of Black History month our Welsh Labour Leader, First Minister Mark Drakeford, opened Black History Cymru 365 with Race Council Cymru. The decision to move to “Black History Cymru 365” here in Wales sets out our nations goal to ensure that Black History is celebrated and recognised beyond a single month or annual commitment, and that it is fundamental to our curriculum.
This commitment will celebrate the presence and contribution of Black communities in Wales but will also continue to remember our past and strive to work towards a more inclusive future, celebrating our diverse nation.
Professor Charlotte Williams OBE has been appointed by the Welsh Government to lead a new working group to advise on and improve the teaching of themes relating to Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and experiences across all parts of the school curriculum.
First Minister, Mark Drakeford rightly stated that “Our diversity is one of our strengths as a nation and our many histories have combined to shape Wales today.”
Keir Starmer has called on the Prime Minister to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to benefit from a diverse curriculum, like they will here in Wales. He said:
“This month we celebrate the huge achievements of Black Britons and the Black community. But Black British history should be taught all year round, as part of a truly diverse school curriculum that includes and inspires all young people and aids a full understanding of the struggle for equality.”
Labour recognises the importance of education, and our Shadow Equalities Minister, Marsha De Cordova has highlighted this. If the government really want to act, “they would ensure that young people learn about Black British history, colonialism and understand Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.”
Black history is British history.
Labour has a proud history of standing up for equality, and the eradication of structural racism in society will be a defining cause for the next labour government.