Note from Mary Idowu, Assistant Director of Sustainability and Growth, for Black History Month
Thank you to Mary Idowu, Assistant Director of Sustainability and Growth, for sharing a bit about herself and a selection of important and moving content as part of our Black History Month #ProudToBe celebrations.
“I have recently started with the BLMK Integrated Care System so I feel privileged to share some of my thoughts for Black History Month.
“For those that know me (or you will get to know), I love all things Marvel and DC and if you don’t know what I am talking about, this includes the likes of Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Groot, Blade, Superman, Batman to name a few.
“The thing about these comics/movies, they truly embrace diversity. Each superhero/character brings something uniquely different and each has a place which is celebrated, as we see their character arc develop. For me, there isn’t a specific time to watch these films, this is an all year round “event” and I will never get tired of watching them (despite being the 100th time!). Like with Black History Month, I don’t see this as a month in the year, I like to think we get to know what makes our individuals and teams special and celebrate our staff all year round.
“Whilst we are coming to the end of the month, I encourage you to reach out to your colleagues and really get to know them. Yes, I am black, but I am also Nigerian and also Yoruba and also born in England. My heritage will be different from other black staff as will my skills and experiences. There is a wealth of academic evidence that demonstrates the more diverse teams are, the more successful and productive they are. So this is not just the right thing to do for our patient population, but for our organisation. I saw many examples of this during COVID, e.g. being innovative working with different communities to reduce the spread in the early days or increase uptake of the vaccine.
“I’ve shared a few articles which may be interesting (none are comic related – promise!). So get together with your teams, friends, families, learn more about each other and create magic! Or in true Marvel style, BLMK (Avengers) Assemble…! 😊”
- https://youtu.be/lomlpJREDzw – Colin Kaepernick Nike Commercial
- https://youtu.be/Qyiautg41h8 – Google most searched
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b082x0h6/black-and-british-a-forgotten-history – Black and British: A Forgotten History (David Olusoga)
- https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html – Harvard Implicit Association Test
- https://poets.org/poem/still-i-rise – Still I Rise by Maya Angelou