Law firm gives back to celebrate Black History Month

Mills & Reeve’s Reach into Schools project has donated cross cultural books to primary schools across the UK.

The firm’s Reach (race, ethnicity and cultural heritage) network provides the opportunity for Black/brown/mixed heritage staff and allies to share work related issues of common interest and concern in a safe environment. It represents network members at relevant internal consultations and helps disseminate inclusive best practice in relation to Black, Asian and racialised communities across the firm.

Part of their celebrations for Black History Month, the Reach into Schools initiative has seen the network donating 198 cross cultural books to primary schools local to their seven offices across the UK. Their ambition is to improve cultural awareness and inclusivity for children of all ethnicities, and to raise aspirations of Black, brown and mixed heritage children through the positive images and stories within the books.

The money to purchase the books was raised through a raffle held across the firm with a chance to win hampers made up of products from small ethical businesses that align with the Reach network’s values.

Dawn Brathwaite, consultant and co-chair of the Reach network said: “It is a great honour to be able to support local schools and the children who will be our next generation at work. We want to promote environments where children who are black/brown or mixed heritage can see themselves in books in a positive way and where they can further understand their history.  We also want their friends who do not share their heritage to be inquisitive and learn about cultures and history through these books”.

Find the full list of books here.

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