Black women in public life– ‘Our stories have power’

Thursday 7 October 2021

Join CS Local, DLUHC’s BAMEnet and esteemed guests for their insights and lived experiences of being a black women in public life.


Civil Service Local: East, South-East & London (ESEL) and The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ (DLUHC) Race network – BAMEnet – are proud to invite you to their first ever cross-departmental Black History Month national event.

As we start Black History Month, you are invited to join our celebratory online collaborative event on 07 October 2021. We want to continue to share in the acknowledgement of the hard work, sacrifices and the amazing and inspiring contribution of dedicated pioneers who have helped to shape and contribute to our society and the many dedicated individuals who have continued the great work set by their predecessors.

What is BHM?

Black History Month is an annual global event observed in the UK in October to celebrate the culture, history and achievements of African Caribbean communities and it is vital in bringing communities together.

Black History Month (BHM) is a milestone period for the Civil Service as it spotlights and celebrates the contributions of great Black British achievers and highlights the experiences and voices from the Black community. This event is a civil service cross-departmental effort which demonstrates unity amongst Government race networks and departments; which reflects positively the Civil Service’s desire to strengthen it’s resolve in promoting and facilitating diversity and inclusion at all levels, enabling this to transpire to the work which we do for citizens.

What is the event’s theme and why join us?

Join us for a dynamic event with prominent Black British influencers/speakers. With a theme of Black women in public life – ‘Our stories have power’, this event will primarily focus on the achievements, lived experiences and issues facing the black community (including those from African, Caribbean and mixed ethnicity and those born abroad). This event would be a great opportunity to highlight the work and positive contributions of black people to British Society.

Look who is joining us on the day:

You will hear ‘real’ stories of inspiration from an array of high profile guest speakers including talking about what Black History Month means to them.


Our fabulous Host Bernadette Thompson, Deputy Director at Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities & Co-chair of Race to the Top G6/7

Senior Civil Servant(s) and prominent leaders (non-civil servants) :

Baroness Osamor – British-Nigerian Labour Party politician, life peer, community activist and civil rights campaigner.

Sandra Kerr CBE – National Campaign Director, for Business in the Community’s Race Equality campaign

Governor of Bermuda – Rena Lalgie; She is the first woman, and the first person of African heritage, to be appointed Governor of Bermuda.

Cathy Francis – Housing Delivery Director at Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)

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