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Commission welcomes Black History Month Event

26 Oct 2022

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has welcomed the first Black History Expo event in Belfast.

The Commission joined a number of other organisations at the Black History Expo 2022 which took place at St George’s Market in celebration of Black History Month. The event, organised by JoinHer Network, showcased the importance of black history, heritage and culture and it's influences and positive contributions here in Northern Ireland. There were a number of speakers including Health Minister Robin Swann.

Alyson Kilpatrick, Chief Commissioner of NIHRC, said: “We were delighted to attend this event marking Black History month which shows the rich diversity we have here, and the contribution the community makes to life in Northern Ireland. My congratulations to all those involved in organising the Expo and I wish it continued success in the years ahead.

Lori Gatsi-Barnett from JoinHer Network added: “We are delighted to host the first Black History Expo 2022 at St George's Market to create a diverse and inclusive atmosphere. The Black History Expo 2022 is an event where the community here in Northern Ireland (and across the UK) can gain understanding and experience of the Black community’s histories, cultures, experience and heritage. We will share stories of ongoing positive contributions, particularly in the Education, Health, Economic and Social Sectors. The Black History Expo 2022 will also create opportunities for future collaborations, involvement, and joint work across a range of Black & Diverse Communities and organisations/employers/educational and cultural institutions as we celebrate Black History Month.”

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