• Clementina Nyarko, currently studying MSc International Social and Public Policy at The London School of Economics
• from the USA / Ghana
What does Black History Month mean to you? Do you feel it has been well represented in British society since coming to England?
Well, I haven’t been here too long but I am really glad that I have been able to kickstart my journey here in October which is Black History Month. It has been beautiful seeing how the events during this month have been lined up to really incorporate a number of different identities including people who are ethnically from the continent or just the diaspora in general and not solely people who identify as Black British people for example.
That is so important because I think being at a place like LSE, there are not a lot of black students and the ones that are here, are from so many different places. So it is nice to be here in this month and have events specifically geared towards celebrating people who look like us and also being able to participate in it regardless of the fact that we are not from London / UK.
I would say London on a whole, could do a lot better with the advertising and the events that are lined up. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of academic events; not just within the LSE community but with organisations such as Black History on Eventbrite. They have a number of things happening pretty much everyday this month but a lot of it is academic and educational. I do think these aspects are important, but I think it’s also important to have these conversations outside of academia and elite spaces and be able to take these celebrations and conversations into local communities for people that may not have access to institutions like LSE or wouldn’t come across this area in general.
It would be great to incorporate a lot of people that wouldn’t necessarily find themselves here; I think that would help us in our pursuit to really celebrate us this month.