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welcome to this weeks issue of the Black History Month 2021 Race Equity Circular. We hope you enjoy!

Being told that you have to be “twice as good to get half as far” a useful driver for success, or does it negatively impact on self-care? Listen to our panel as they talk through these and other pieces of advice they were given, or would give.

Be Inspired

Words that can change your world

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute."

Thurgood Marshall, first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court

Word, Rhythm, Harmony

Poetry New & Old
Photo © Afro American Newspapers/Gado, via Getty Images, no changes made

Won’t you celebrate with me
By Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)
won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

Did You Know?

Photo @ Wikimedia  with permission from National Archief

Oct 18th 1968 - World long jump was beat by Bob Beamon, record at 29 ft, 2.5 in at the Mexico City Olympics

Photo @ Wikimedia Commons

Oct 19th 1870 - First Blacks elected to the House of Representatives. Black Republicans won three of the four congressional seats in South Carolina: Joseph H. Rainey, Robert C. Delarge and Robert B. Elliott. Rainey was elected to an unexpired term in the Forty-first Congress and was the first Black seated in the House.

Photo @ no changes made. 

Oct 20th1898 - North Carolina Mutual and Provident Insurance Company founded by John Merrick and associates in Durham, North Carolina as the first African American owned insurance company.

Visit to find out more interesting facts.

Food Lovers

Delicious recipes from Africa and the diaspora
Photo ©, no changes made

Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup

Low in fat, high in protein and fibre try this hearty warming dish for the colder months ahead…

3 cups gungo peas, 2 (14-oz cans), fresh or frozen
8 cups vegetable broth, or 2 bouillons plus 8 cups of water
1 cup coconut milk
1 medium onion, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 potato, cut in cubes
1 cup yam, dasheen, coco chopped, (optional)
1 carrot, diced
1 teaspoon dried thyme, or 2 sprigs of fresh
1 whole Scotch Bonnet pepper
6 pimento/allspice berries
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
Dumplings/ Spinners
Sea salt, to taste


  • If you are using dried gungo peas, sort and soak peas overnight in cold water about 4 inches above gungo peas. The following day, drain and rinse peas, add water about 3 inches above peas.
  • The following day, drain and rinse peas, add water about 3 inches above peas. Bring to boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 1 hour, until tender.
  • Add, vegetable broth, coconut milk, onion, green onion, red bell pepper, garlic. potato, yam, carrot, thyme, Scotch bonnet pepper, allspice. ginger, dumplings, and salt.

Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt.


Keep Exploring
Read, Watch, Listen

Think Like a White Man: A Satirical Guide to Conquering the World…While Black by Dr Boule Whytelaw III & Nels Abbey
A bold, satirical humour book on how to achieve success like a Great White Male, which Benjamin Zephaniah called ‘the work of a true mastermind’.
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
Enjoy your favourite tunes in the form of an entertaining musical about the life and work of musical icon Bob Marley at the Lyric Theatre.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s second album Elgar where the young cellist made history by being the first to reach the UK charts top 10. 

What's On
News & Events

Workshop on Resilience for Black History Month
Tuesday 26th October, 10am – 12noon (click to join)

Co-Facilitated by UCL Wellbeing at Work team

Join us as we focus on growth in difficult times, exploring anti-racism and allyship and what that looks like for all.

Until 24th October 
James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective Famed British-Ghanian photographer exhibits and incredible collection of images capturing London’s blossoming African diaspora (free) at the Serpentine North Gallery.

24th October ( various times)
Black History Month Free Walk
Starting at Westminster Abbey, this walk will open a window on a small but rich and interesting history of black people in London.

30th October
Go Africa Festival
This celebration of African & Caribbean culture will include arts, street food, wellbeing workshops and more. There is also a Kiddies Zone for a fun-filled day for all the family (free)!

Until 12th February 2021
Cage, Contagion, Community – Self & Other
UK-based Black visual artists create new work responding to the wider contexts of Covid-19 looking closely at their immediate environments (free).

This circular was put together by Laura Issawi & Laurette Bukasa from ICH Population, Policy & Practice Research & Teaching Department

Editor: Terrie Fiawoo

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