A message from Jane East, PPC for Colne Valley on Black History Month 2014.
As we enter October once again, we remember those important black people who strived for freedom, equality and social justice.
From Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on the bus, to the leaders Malcolm X and Dr Martin Luther King who strove for freedom and justice in the United States and to leaders in the UK like Baroness Lawrence who has fought tirelessly against racism. We remember Maya Angelou who passed away this year, who among many memorable things, said, "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
During this month we want to celebrate and honour those people who have changed the face of our world. Britain has a wonderfully diverse heritage and culture that has been shaped and enriched by people from black and minority ethnic communities.
I hope people take time this month to enjoy but also reflect at many of the events taking place.