Welcome to Aspire Black Suffolk

This is the temporary home of Aspire Black Suffolk.

Rooted in Suffolk’s Black community, we’re a community-led initiative encouraging positive discussion around and engagement in African-Caribbean heritage and culture. We aim to bring positivity, unity, understanding and celebration in times of divisiveness, loss and change.

Inspired by the exhibition and with a goal of creating a long-lasting legacy, Aspire Black Suffolk will inspire by showcasing and celebrating the county’s diverse African-Caribbean culture, and offer people of all other ethnicities more opportunities to engage, connect and celebrate with us.

We believe in the power of storytelling: by creating an opportunity to share our stories – past and present – in a wonderful variety of forms, we aim to reduce under-representation and barriers faced by many people from the Black community.

Our young people are our focus, because we want benefit from a greater sense of belonging, pride and to elevate their aspirations.

Aspire Black Suffolk is the name given to the collective of local people and organisations who have created and found funding for a programme of events that will run in parallel with The Power of Stories exhibition.

A culturally ground-breaking exhibition, The Power of Stories will feature three original costumes from Marvel’s Black Panther film – T’challa, Shuri and Okoye (and planned to take place this summer and autumn in Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich), whilst illustrating the storytelling traditions from across the globe.

Both Aspire Black Suffolk and The Power of Stories want to start conversations about what we consider ‘culture’ to be and how this affects how we view each other.

Our events programme is almost ready to announce! Keep an eye on ur Facebook page for updates.

If you’re Black or of mixed heritage living in Suffolk, or you come with true allyship in your heart, and you’d like to be a part of Aspire Black Suffolk, please get in touch with Elma Glasgow, the project manager and publicist for Aspire Black Suffolk.

Contact Elma: hello@elmaglasgowconsulting.com.