The BCM team looks forward to amplifying black women’s voices at the International Women’s Day Derby Festival on Monday 8th March, from 7pm-8.30pm. Join us for this inspiring online panel discussion with the women of Derby’s Black Community Matters Committee, co-creators of the Black Lives Matter Derby Manifesto, and guests, sharing experiences of being hidden figures, the heroes who encouraged them to step forwards and rising up to create change, with Q&A.

Book your tickets (donate what you can and Free tickets available) via: Proceeds from donations for this session will be shared equally between Black Community Matters and IWD Derby.

Who for? Women/womxn-only session, all ethnicities welcome; children welcome, we especially hope girls will join in, with adult supervision – we suggest this discussion is most suited to children aged 11yrs+ but you know your kids best. This event is part of the International Women’s Day Derby Festival from 5th-8th March, aimed primarily at women/womxn in Derby/shire but this is also virtual so please do join us from wherever you are!

Drawing inspiration from the film ‘Hidden Figures’ which tells the story of a team of African-American women who worked as mathematicians and played a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. The movie highlighted the previously lesser-known contributions of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Gobels Johnson, known as ‘human computers’, who quickly rose through the ranks of NASA among the agency’s greatest minds specifically tasked with the ‘behind the scenes’ work of calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return in one of the greatest space operations in U.S. history.

At this virtual panel event Rio Diedrick, Sonya Robotham, Beverly Stewart, Lynette Comrie, Denise Richards and guests will be speaking up about the challenges but also the uplifting turning points and inspiring mentors who made a difference on the journey, with an opportunity for you to participate, share experiences and ask questions too.