Bring on Black History Month

“The whole of October is Black History Month and I’ll be going all-out to bang the drum. It was created to promote and celebrate the positive contributions of those with African and Caribbean heritage – like myself, as well as famous role models such as Mohammed Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King and Sidney Poitier – to British society, and to foster an understanding of black history in general.

It’s so important as a cultural moment in the British calendar because it helps give context to the present. Black History Month provides a unique opportunity to go beyond simply stories of racism and slavery to spotlight black achievement. In short, it helps us all to see that black history is British history!

As you already know, I’m part of Windrush, when thousands of Jamaicans – my parents included – travelled to Britain on HMS Windrush to seek better opportunities for themselves and their families. I’m proud of my heritage and where I come from.


When I first arrived in the UK, it was a strange time in a foreign land, and the only reminder of home was the delicious Caribbean food that my mother cooked at our small house in inner-city Birmingham. I can still remember the smells emanating from the kitchen as fondly as I can the flavours! Food is so intrinsically linked with heritage that I’m proud to offer a selection of products and recipes inspired by my homeland.

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