People from across the country who are supported by CMG, a leading provider of learning disability care, came together in Croydon to mark Black History Month. The town’s Mayor, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, joined them for a fun-filled day of singing, dancing and music.
It is the fourth time that CMG has hosted the event and this year, the theme was ‘Influential People’. A presentation ran throughout the day featuring quotes from inspirational people throughout black history – from the likes of Martin Luther King to modern day icons such as Beyoncé.
Around 150 people attended Fairfield Halls for the celebrations. As well as musical master-classes from a Zulu dance group and an African drumming workshop, guests could sample a variety of exotic foods from countries like Nigeria and Jamaica.
On the menu for the day – as well as the yam porridge and curried goat – were the ever-popular talent shows. The individuals that CMG supports had spent the run-up to the event putting the finishing touches to their performances and it was Sam Marshall who took home 1st prize in the singing and Karen Young who won the dancing competition with their black history inspired routines. Junior Cole scooped the top award in the fashion show.
CMG provides residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities and associated complex needs, including a number in Croydon and the South London area.
Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of CMG said:
“It was the fourth year we have held our Black History Month event, and this was the best yet. I am extremely proud of everyone from CMG who helped make it such a brilliant day.
“As an organisation, we are wholly committed to promoting diversity. This event gives the people we support the opportunity to learn about different cultures in a fun and engaging way.
The Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed said:
“I was delighted to be asked to come along and say a few words. So much work had gone into organising the event and it was a wonderful day.
“It is fantastic to see different communities coming together to celebrate diversity.”