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B3Living celebrate Black History Month in style!

B3Living celebrate Black History Month in style!

B3Living in association with Broxbourne Ethnic Minority Association and the Society of Caribbeans and Africans (SOCA) held a free family event at to celebrate Black History Mont

On Friday 30th November, B3Living in association with Broxbourne Ethnic Minority Association and the Society of Caribbeans and Africans (SOCA) held a free family event at to celebrate Black History Month.

The event which was held at B3Living’s offices, Scania House, saw a mixture of the ethnicities joining together to celebrate Black History.

The free family orientated event, which ran during school half term, celebrated local black history as well as commemorating international Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Residents were entertained by steel drums and got the opportunity to have a go themselves.

Children took part in a variety of different crafts including jewellery and key ring making and knowledge was tested with a variety of different quizzes and games.

Traditional Afro-Saxon food was served with residents snacking on chicken, spiced rice and traditional fish cakes and learning about different world foods.

The event was jointly organised by B3Living, Broxbourne Ethnic Minority Association and the society of Caribbeans and Africans and funded by County Councillor Alan Searing’s local community budget.

Peggy Sharp, B3Living Equality and Diversity Manager said: “B3Living were so pleased to work with Society of Caribbeans and Africans and Ethnic Minority Association to provide this opportunity for staff, residents and community members to recognise local black history.”

Patsy Spear from the Society of Caribbeans and Africans (SOCA) said:"Black History Month is a time when Africans particularly from American and Caribbean and Britain among others, remember our hidden and forgotten history. We also celebrate the achievements of our iconic black forebears and present day heroes.”

Michal Siewniak from the Ethnic Minority Association in Broxbourne said: “I am delighted to have been involved in the Black History Month celebration. Our event at the B3Living has been truly fantastic. The place was “full of life” and full of people. Every single detail, food, many different activities, drumming, balloons, various competitions and music made our event very special. I believe that by organising events like this, we can educate ourselves and other members of the community. Black History Month 2015 demonstrated once again that by working together we can promote diversity, champion equality and create a healthy society