Black History Month at Sussex Partnership

Our Ethnic Minority Staff Network are leading our Black History Month celebrations this year with their first Black History Month online festival, led by this year's director Jacqueline Clarke-Mapp.

The team have worked hard to share inspiring and challenging interviews with staff from ethnic minority backgrounds talking about their experiences of how their own cultural backgrounds have positively shaped their work and impacted their relationships with service users. You can catch the interviews so far on our Black History Month YouTube playlist here. 

With 12.8% of our staff and so many of our service users coming from ethnic minority backgrounds it's important that we recognise and celebrate our cultural differences. With this in mind, Jacqueline Clarke-Mapp, Chair of the Ethnic Minority Staff Network, interviewed Jennifer Izekor, founder of Above Difference Ltd - an organisation which educates people about Cultural Intelligence and provides support and guidance for organisations that want to start their own cultural intelligence journey. You can watch this interview on our YouTube channel from Monday. 

We'd like to suggest some things you might watch or read as part of your own personal celebration of Black History Month:

Sussex Partnership Podcast - Allyship with Sam Allen, Dr Rick Fraser and Jacqueline Clarke-Mapp
To catch up on our podcast focusing on allyship, what it means how we can live it in our everyday - please click here. 

And Still I Rise
This is the first film to be made about the incomparable Maya Angelou. The film presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life. This intimate and personal portrait of Dr. Maya Angelou’s life is a touching and moving tribute to her legacy. Find out how you can watch it here:

I Will Tell
I Will Tell is a film festival, virtual for this year, that is celebrating Black History Month. NHS Staff are welcome to watch the documentaries and films that are part of the festival with a 20% discount. Click here to find out more.

Book and film
Staff were invited to review books and films around the theme of cultural diversity that challenged and inspired them. 

(Book)  The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, reviewed by Kamala Persaud 

(Book)  The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu (with Douglas Abrams), reviewed by Rick Fraser

(Book) The Louder I Will Sing by Lee Lawrence, reviewed by Jacqueline Clarke-Mapp

(Book) Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad, reviewed by Sam Allen

(Film) The Green Book by Peter Farrelly, reviewed by Aparajita Pandey

(Film) Queen of Katwe directed by Mira Nair, reviewed by Vanessa Lucioni


Chair of our Ethnic Minority Staff Network, and Director of this year's event closes the celebrations...