Black Educators' Summer Event 2021
This year the Black Educators' Summer event was held on Thursday 1st July at Victoria Park. The event was well attended and was chaired by the Leicester City President - J Walters-Nisbett. Black educators across Leicester City were treated to a range of activities to update, inform and celebrate the work that these educators had done during these unprecedented times. This was done in a COVID secure manner.
The Leicester City President gave an opening speech to start the occasion, then introduced the keynote speaker Malcolm Richards, a PhD student at the University of Exeter. Malcolm Richards is a former teacher, senior leader, and advisory teacher in UK schools. Mr Richards' research interests draw upon a wealth of influences including critical auto-ethnography, critical pedagogies, critical race theory, Black British studies, cultural studies, dialogic education, digital tools, and decolonizing educational relationships in teacher education. Mr Richards talked about the importance of embedding strong black networks within the union. He praised Leicester Black Educators and the impact that its members have made across the national stage. Finally, he spoke about the challenges for Black Educators post COVID, but he reminded us to stay connected.
The evening included a variety of much needed wellbeing activities which were thoroughly enjoyed and included a Zumba session led by A-Team Fitness, socialising, Caribbean food by Rotified, and drinks. The evening concluded with a vote of thanks by the Leicester City President.