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Rushmoor Borough Council is supporting Black History Month by featuring a series of profiles of prominent local people, and an art and photography exhibition, to celebrate our multi-cultural borough.

Rushmoor Borough Council is proudly supporting Black History Month by profiling a series of black people who live and work in Aldershot and Farnborough and celebrating black history, heritage and culture. 

Black History Month is an annual international celebration of achievements by black people, with this year’s theme as “Time for change: Action not words.” 

Rushmoor Borough Councillor Mara Makunura, who is also Cabinet Champion for Equality and Diversity, said: “Black History Month is important for many reasons – we should celebrate our achievements from the past, and learn from them, but we should also look to the future and come together around a common goal of achieving a better world for everyone.  

“Rushmoor is a multi-cultural borough. I have been a resident in Farnborough for almost 30 years. I have witnessed a lot of changes happening, including myself being the first black African councillor to be elected in Rushmoor. It’s great that our borough attracts people from all backgrounds, and this should be celebrated. Rushmoor can be justly proud of its many historical moments and figures.” 

Sue Carter, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Democracy, Strategy and Partnerships, added: “Understanding and working with all the communities within Rushmoor is important to us. The Equalities and Diversity Action Plan agreed by the Cabinet in 2021 made several commitments which are important to us as we go forward. This included celebrating events such as Black History Month and increasing the council’s engagement with all our residents.” 

Later in the month, the important role of historical figures such as Mary Seacole will be spotlighted. Mary Seacole supported British soldiers during the Crimean war and later tried to set up a store in Aldershot. To mark her important role in history, one of the main buildings in the Union Yard development is to be called Seacole Place in her honour. 

Other prominent black people within the communities of Aldershot and Farnborough will reflect on what Black History Month means to them and why it is important to celebrate the role of black people locally.  

An exhibition of artwork and photography will also be held at the council’s offices in Farnborough later in October, involving local school children and community groups.

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