CIPR Groups mark Black History Month with free event; #BlackLivesMatter, Bristol, and the media storm

CIPR's Diversity and Inclusion Network, CIPR North East, and CIPR South West are joining forces to mark Black History Month with a free, virtual #CIPRdiversity event on October 6.

The event - 'Bristol, #BlackLivesMatter and the media storm: personal perspectives from public sector comms and the media' - will discuss personal experiences of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the comms story behind the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol. The event is open to all and will be hosted by CIPR's Diversity and Inclusion Network Chair, Avril Lee, in discussion with:

  • Sima Kotecha - BBC News presenter
  • Saskia Konynenburg - Head of External Comms for Bristol City Council


Avril Lee MCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Diversity and Inclusion Network
2020 marks 10 years of CIPR's Diversity and Inclusion group. In that time we have provided a platform to discuss and drive change on a range of diversity and inclusion issues. I'm delighted we've come together with our NE & SW regional groups for what should be a fascinating insight into a recent historical moment in the fight for equality in the UK, what it was like to manage the comms around it, and the experience of being a BAME journalist reporting on the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond.
Avril Lee MCIPR, Chair of the CIPR Diversity and Inclusion Network

For more information, and to register to join the event, click here.

The event is free to attend for all although we are asking for voluntary donations to the Taylor Bennett Foundation and CIPR’s iprovision benevolent fund in place of a ticket charge. The Taylor Bennett Foundation is a charity that exists to encourage black, Asian, and minority ethnic graduates to pursue a career in communications.


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