Celebrating Black Historical past Month in EMEA

It is October which suggests Black Historical past Month (BHM) in EMEA! A month devoted to celebrating Black, African & Caribbean historical past, arts, and tradition. Whereas we’ll be becoming a member of in celebrating and commemorating the achievements of these from the Black diaspora, range is not only a month-long marketing campaign for us, it is on a regular basis, and a precedence at HubSpot.

We’ve taken steps in direction of our dedication to construct an organization the place inclusion and fairness are embedded into every little thing we do. How? by means of our ever-expanding Worker Useful resource Teams (ERGs) together with BLACKHub, Individuals Of Color At HubSpot (POCaH) and communities reminiscent of Africans at HubSpot, obligatory anti-racism coaching for all workers and transparently publishing DI&B information annually.

However we’re not doing it alone! We’re collaborating with native hero organizations, reminiscent of Black & Irish, who we’re partnering with to set the scene for Black communities in EMEA, main a few of our inner and exterior group conversations. We sat down with B&I’s Enterprise Coordinator Melissa Ndakengerwa & Leisure Coordinator Kenny Olaniyi to know their story, the expertise of being Black in Europe, and the way partnership with firms like HubSpot helps create extra inclusive and genuine work environments.



What’s Black & Irish’s mission? Who’s your target market?

Our mission is to come back collectively to rejoice Black and Blended-race Irish identification, spreading consciousness by telling our tales. We need to do that by partaking with the broader Irish society, and that is precisely who our target market is.

Please shed some gentle on how Black & Irish got here to be. What impressed its creation?

Following the loss of life of George Floyd and the aftermath of the Black Lives Issues motion, our founders Leon Diop and Femi Bankole began an Instagram web page as a spot for Black and Irish tales to be shared. Impressed by the conversations that have been sparked, we need to spotlight and rejoice the identification of those that are Black in Europe and lift world consciousness of our experiences, struggles, and successes.

Do you are feeling that being Black in Europe varies from being Black elsewhere, e.g., within the US? In that case, please elaborate.

Being Black in Europe is totally different due to the expertise. Black individuals are not a monolith; all of us have diversified lives and backgrounds based mostly on what we expertise. Consequently, our experiences fluctuate. We eat totally different meals and are uncovered to varied climate and folks, which shapes how we dwell our life in Europe. So it is inevitable that your expertise being Black in Europe will fluctuate. It is the identical as how your expertise of labor differs between firms.

How does the work that you simply do impression organizations like HubSpot?

I really feel just like the work we do may help organizations like HubSpot create an surroundings at work the place Black individuals really feel genuinely snug. To have a very numerous and equitable office, organizations should be anti-racist and take steps to handle this in all points, from their hiring practices to their management and administration constructions. 

Because it’s Black Historical past Month – what does this month imply to you?

Black Historical past Month means a lot to us because it is a chance to rejoice the achievements of contributors of the Black diaspora globally, particularly in Europe, to share their tales, which are sometimes missed. Black Historical past Month can also be a chance for us to boost consciousness and educate ourselves on the problems that have an effect on Black individuals; this yr, the highlight is on well being and wellbeing.

What sources (books/podcasts and so on.) would you advocate to somebody trying to educate themselves extra this BHM?

There’s a lot on the market for individuals to learn, watch and hearken to this BHM, and under are a few of our suggestions:


Do not Contact My Hair by Emma Dabiri 

– Why I am No Longer Speaking to White Individuals About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie


WHYA Podcast 

Black and Irish Podcast 

Excuse my African Podcast 

How will you collaborate with HubSpot for Black Historical past Month?

We’re delighted to be collaborating with HubSpot on an exterior occasion referred to as ‘Amplifying Black ERGs in EMEA’ on the subject of Worker Useful resource Group (ERGs) and their significance in a company. It’s nice to see that HubSpot has two employee-led ERGs (BLACKHub, POCaH – Individuals Of Color at HubSpot) and communities, reminiscent of Africans at HubSpot. We’re additionally co-hosting an inner e-book membership, discussing and dissecting the e-book “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie! We’re wanting ahead to extra collaborations sooner or later! 


Remember to keep knowledgeable on all issues #BlackHistoryMonth by following HubSpot Life on Instagram, Twitter, and Fb. And sign-up to attend our occasion ‘Amplifying Black ERGs in EMEA’ occasion with Black and Irish on twenty fifth October, 6:00 – 7:30pm GMT (+1). 

For extra details about HubSpot’s DI&B efforts, take a look at our 2022 Range Report right here.

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