Southend Youth Council to hold online Celebration of Black Lives event

Southend Youth Council, working in partnership with the Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS), is holding an online event called ‘Celebration of Black Lives’ on Saturday October 24, beginning at 10:00am.

This event is taking place as part of Black History Month and will have workshops and guest speakers including personal statements, cooking demonstrations, art, singing, dancing and lots more.

It will be hosted on the One Southend website ( and will be led by the Youth Mayor, Madi Faulkner-Hatt, who co-chairs the Racial Committee which was established as a response to Black Lives Matter.

‘Celebration of Black Lives’ is an opportunity for people in Southend-on-Sea to connect with their community and the event offers information, live content and pre-recorded videos for residents to participate in and enjoy. The event will also promote local services.

A Black History Month zone on the One Southend website will include a programme of live events, pre-recorded videos, positive stories and links to online resources which have been created with the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council BAME Staff Forum. The content will be added to throughout the month and will be used to showcase the variety of diverse things happening in the Southend community.

Youth Mayor Madi Faulkner-Hatt hopes many people get involved on the day. She said: “We have been working on and are glad to host ‘Celebration of Black Lives’ as part of Black History Month and would really like as many people as possible to get involved.

“The event is a chance for people across Southend no matter your age or race to find out more about black history, participate in workshops and learn about the diversity of our community, along with so much more.

“To join in, just visit on the day, see what live events or videos you are interested in and click the links.”

If you would like more information about ‘Celebration of Black Lives’ before the event, please email [email protected] or visit


Mick Ferris

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