Leicestershire’s Black Police Association Black History Month Celebration

A truly warm welcome and buzzing atmosphere greeted the High Sheriff when attending the Leicestershire Black Police Association ‘Evening of Celebration’ in Highfields, Leicester to mark Black History Month. The evening began with a superb and rigorous display of drumming by the young Pathfinders, who led in Lord Lieutenant, Mike Kapur, and Chief Constable, Rob Nixon, and other dignitaries at the event. This was followed by wonderful music and poetry.

The speeches were powerful, thought provoking and heartfelt, particularly one given by Stanley Braithwaite who served 30 years in the Leicestershire Police Force and founded the Leicestershire Black Police Association. To listen to the experience of those who had to overcome many challenges, including bullying, ignorance and racism was particularly moving and showed incredible strength and bravery. It was encouraging to hear so much work is being done by Leicestershire Police to be inclusive, tolerant, and welcoming to all who wish to join its ranks.

The event was brilliantly hosted by Mel Thomas QPM, who led the awards. Congratulations to award winners.

The evening finished sharing a superb meal together.

It was a happy occasion and a wonderful celebration of Black History Month and all the hard work, dedication, and service of the Black Police Association, and those who have supported them.

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