As October draws to a close, we look back at how we marked Black History Month here at Power2 

At Power2 we believe whole-heartedly that talking about black history is important all year round. Especially as 74% of our London beneficiaries and 32% of those in the North-West come from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.  

This year, the theme for Black History Month was #ProudToBe. We knew we wanted to take this opportunity to talk to our young people about being proud of being from a black or ethnic minority background. We wanted to celebrate black people’s achievements, and encourage our beneficiaries to see themselves as the future role-models and leaders that we know they are. 

“I’m proud of my ancestors & where I come from. Their history created my future. We should look at past lessons & move together, towards change.”

Kaine Clark, Power2 Programme Assistant 

Kaine Clark (Programme Assistant), Kemoy Walker (Power2 Ambassador) and Aisha’Lee Aminu (Young Trustee, and former beneficiary) were all kind enough to share what they’re proud to be with our young people.

Young Leaders also got in on the action, with sessions themed around Black History Month including a Q&A with black lawyers from Goldman Sachs and Power2 corporate partner Weil, Gotshal, and Manges. It was a fantastic afternoon that showed our young people the range of jobs and opportunities that are open to them and that their race needn’t discount them from a successful career in the legal sector. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and their words for us, and everyone who engaged with our content for Black History Month. We will continue to talk to our young people about race, and to support young people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds to achieve their aspirations.