2021 - April-July

Welcome to SACCO’s summer quarterly edition of Kaleidoscope. As usual, we’ve included our usual choice selection of reflections on issues including lockdown and Windrush, together with two excellent book reviews by SACCO’s Deborah Bell.

For many of us, in fact, lockdown has been a time of personal and professional reflection, and in this edition, we are introducing the first in a series of articles on inspiring black businesses and the people, young and old, determined to succeed in their chosen fields.  From coding to jewellery to cooking, black talent is everywhere, so how best can we utilise it? If you are feeling inspired to strike out on your own, check out our Let’s Talk Business articles, which will include tips on how to manage a business and the qualities needed to succeed in a competitive world.  

We were alarmed to hear of rising conflict and increasing social instability in Ethiopia, and wanted to learn more about what exactly is going on in the region. Fortunately, Kevin Morely, the founder of Saltergate Children’s Home in Ethiopia, is on hand to answer our questions, and what we can do to help, so please do read his gripping Q & A on page 13.

Finally, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the enormously talented children at Sutton Prep School who contributed to this issue their brilliant illustrations relating to Windrush history. Both insightful and moving, they are a testament to local talent.

Cleo Douglas, Shanique Blake & Ellen Carpenter