The Black Community Matters (BCM) team has been busy providing advice to Derby City Council’s Race Equality Hub, input to Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Inclusion Strategy, working with Derbyshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner to review and improve the local police service, running a survey to gain the local black community’s feedback on local services and experiences, securing funds for a hate crime project, marking World Against Racism Day, speaking up to oppose the Government’s appalling ‘Race Report’, joining the disaster relief effort following the volcanic eruption affecting people of St Vincent and the Grenadines, developing new projects and funding bids and planning free virtual events for you to get involved and create change – join us this April >>>

Black Table Talks 7pm Monday 19th April 2021 BCM & ODF (Open Doors Forum) present our quarterly Black Table Talks (BTT) for collaboration and networking of black groups within Derby via a virtual meeting. Hear from a guest speaker, find out about new community projects and updates on what everyone’s working on – together we are unstoppable! Allies welcome. Register here

Discussion: Race, Policing & Human Rights 2pm Thursday 22nd April 2021 online event hosted by QUAD and Amnesty International; our BCM Chair Dr Sonya Robotham will be speaking alongside Hardyal Dhindsa, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire. This event on Stephen Lawrence Day is part of the Amnesty International Festival of Social Justice across the Midlands. Register here

Remembering Stephen Lawrence 7pm Thursday 22nd April 2021: Join us for a BCM virtual event on Stephen Lawrence Day to reflect on Stephen’s story and the impact on Policing and British Society. On 22 April 1993, at the age of just 18, Stephen was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack. He didn’t know his killers and his killers didn’t know him. A public inquiry into the handling of Stephen’s case was held in 1998, leading to the publication of the Macpherson Report, which has been called ‘one of the most important moments in the modern history of criminal justice in Britain’. Join us in this virtual event to commemorate and celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen. Hear from speakers from Black Community Matters, Derbyshire Constabulary, the Black Police Association and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office on how Stephen’s story changed Policing and British Society and what lessons were learnt. There will also be an opportunity to have your questions answered on policing in Derbyshire. Supporters / allies of all ethnicities welcome. Register here