Black History Month, Inspiring Black Women: Q and A with Peggy

BY: Ciaran Willis


What does black history month mean to you? 

Black History Month is all about celebrating black history, culture, identity and reconnecting with my black African roots. It is also a time to remember the people who have experienced injustices because of their skin colour. It is a time to reflect and challenge injustices in a positive manner.

Who inspires you? 

In this day and age there are so many black women who have made it to the top in various industries, be it music or business. I was inspired by Madam C J Walker after watching Self Made on Netflix (she is America’s first female self made millionaire, born in the 19th century). She demonstrated that skin colour should never have had to stop black women from following their dreams as well as being influential in society.

Kamala Harris also has become a modern inspirational figure especially for my daughters. I always encourage them to believe in themselves and to continue in believing in themselves until they achieve their dreams and go on to inspire others.

I also think we should celebrate all black people who work in health and social care, I feel that their valuable contribution to British society should never go unrecognised.

Is there racial equality in the health and social care sectors?

Racial inequalities continue to be an issue in the care industry, with unequal representation, despite the fact that black people have high representation in most organisations, there should be more representation in senior roles. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done on this to recognise that black people have the ability to contribute to the development and leadership of an organisation.



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