A GLITTERING ceremony has kicked off a partnership to celebrate Black History Month.
Burton and South Derbyshire College launched its Black History Month celebrations in partnership with the East Staffordshire Rights and Equality Council (ESREC) on Wednesday with an official opening ceremony.
Guests on the day included the Mayor of East Staffordshire Len Milner, musician and artist David ‘Stickman’ Higgins, Radio Derby’s African Caribbean Experience Sunday night show host G-Man and Burton Albion chairman Ben Robinson.
The event included Black History Month presentations by college students, along with poetry, drumming and music from a West Indian choir.
Black History Month is a national celebration of the lives, achievements and growing legacy of black communities and individuals in Britain.
The opening ceremony marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of black history at the college, including housing an art exhibition by David ‘Stickman’ Higgins, running a themed film evening and students taking part in a range of tutorial classes to explore important issues in more detail.
Sandy Lang, head of customer experience at the college, said: “The opening ceremony was a great success, giving learners and members of the community the opportunity to celebrate black history and culture.
“The launch event is just the beginning of a month of activities taking place across the college to mark the occasion, including tutorial sessions which will enhance learner knowledge and cultural awareness further.”
Amir Kabal, director of ESREC said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the college to mark the Black History Month celebration yet again this year. It is an ideal opportunity for us as we have just completed the Burton Mixed Heritage Oral History Project, which looks at the achievements and history of the local mixed heritage people.”