Black History Month

Black History Month: Hogan Lovells tackles D&I with DNA

Where are you from? Anybody who has ever watched the TV genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? will be aware that this is not always as straightforward a question to answer as it might first seem. And anyone who has ever worked in a law firm will know that it is not always […]

Black History Month: Women who shaped me

Born and raised in western Nigeria, I have always been fascinated by rock formations and geology. I spent the summer holiday before the start of my senior secondary school year absorbed in a geography textbook authored by Goh Cheng Leong, earning to uncover more about the earth, mountains, volcanoes, and other natural phenomenon. However, I […]

Black History Month: Let’s salute our sisters

It was Blair Underwood’s character Jonathan Rollins in LA Law who first inspired me to become a lawyer, cliched as this sounds. As a child aged 7, I had never seen a black man in a professional role before, and I was in awe – representation really does matter. My initial steps into the legal […]

Navigating the complex tapestry of identity: my journey as a Black woman

Born into a Sudanese family, my parents made a significant decision that would shape my experiences as a Black woman in ways I could never have anticipated. They chose to move our family to a small town in Oxfordshire, far away from their Sudanese community. This decision, coupled with my education at a Catholic primary […]

Intersectionality and Black History Month

October is Black History Month. We are given 31 days to reflect on the enormous contribution Black people have made to the history of this country; to re-examine diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives; and to press the reset button if we feel that our existing ways of operating are no longer working. But, when […]

Black History Month: Representation matters

As a Black woman growing up in the UK, I have always been aware of the racial disparities in this country; however, as I embarked on my legal career, I was appalled by the issues I encountered as a visible minority. I have had to overcome a number of obstacles in becoming a lawyer, requiring […]

Black History Month: “It takes a village”

My name is Rodwell and the story of my life is one about the power of sponsorship, mentorship and people who are willing to go the extra mile to propel a young black person forward. I was born in Zimbabwe. My parents were doing well for themselves, as they had worked to build themselves comfortable middle-class […]