#proudtobe: Observing Black History Month beyond October
October marks Black History Month where we celebrate and educate on the past, present, and future of black people’s lives and lived experience.
The 2020 Black Lives Matter events, both in Bristol and globally, highlighted how much more work needs to be done to make sure that equality is at the forefront of our thoughts and actions. Bristol is a wonderful, diverse city to live in and it just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have the different cultures, faiths, and ethnicities that make up the people that live here- and it’s our responsibility to use whatever privileges we have in order to lift up any person that is experiencing inequality or marginalisation.
Black History Month is about black brilliance, perseverance, joy, and success and we are proud to celebrate the wonderful black communities that call Bristol their home. This is a conversation that needs to be, and will be, continued by us beyond Black History Month
It is important to us as a platform that we showcase and support Black-owned businesses and continue working towards having many diverse experiences with hosts from all different backgrounds.
Yuup founder, Dominic Mills, said: “One of the things I love most about Bristol is the diversity of the communities that make up our great city. We were inspired to create Yuup to celebrate and showcase this diversity.
“Our ambition is to build an inclusive platform - supporting anyone who wants to share the thing they are passionate about to host an experience and in so doing, bringing together people from different communities across Bristol.”
Supporting Black-owned businesses in Bristol
The first Saturday of every month is Black Pound Day. Founded in 2020 by UK music artist Swiss from the So Solid Crew, the initiative stands to encourage consumers to spend their money at Black-owned businesses in order to facilitate socio-economic growth within black communities and work towards improving lives and rectifying inequalities in said communities.
Every first Saturday of the month we will celebrate Black Pound Day and we look forward to using our platform to help to adjust economic inequality. Our roots are in supporting independent businesses and small creators, our roots are in connecting people from different walks of life, and our roots are in celebrating the diversity that life brings.