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Black History Month 2022
21 October 2022

Black History Month with Thabo Nhemachena

To celebrate Black History Month 2022, JAG Project Coordinator Thabo Nhemachena provided his thoughts and feelings on how it feels to work in healthcare as a black person, as well as what Black History Month means to him.


'Working within healthcare as a black person is something that provides me with an immense sense of pride. Growing up, when I thought of healthcare, one of the first things that sprung to mind was diversity. Not just diversity within the multi-faceted workforce, but also diversity within the patients accessing the healthcare. Diversity for me is representation. Representation for that small child who dreams of working in healthcare knowing there is a space that will accept them for who they are and celebrate them. Representation for the patients who can see themselves in the healthcare staff. Both sides of representation are really important as they help to create a more inclusive and better functioning health care system for all.


Black History Month for me is all about celebrating the wonderful achievements of black people. It is about shining a light on those who broke barriers and pushed boundaries so I can be in the position I am in today as a black person in today’s society. It is also about celebrating current day heroes who are working hard to provide empowerment and make positive impactful changes for future generations. They may not know it now, but they will become a great a source of inspiration for young black children for many years to come. It is not just about looking back but it is also about looking at now and looking forward. It is also about learning more about who you are, the journey that has shaped you and the impact that you can leave for future generations.'


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