The Inn is committed to supporting all our ethnically diverse and global membership in upholding the rule of law and standing against all forms of racial injustice and all other forms of discrimination. We can all help to create a fair an equal justice system and defeat racism. Please help us. How can the Inn do better?
Black History Month 2020
A time for us to come together, across the global community of the Inner Temple, to treat racial inequality as a shared responsibility and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black members of the Inn to our community and to wider society.
In response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May this year, we asked our members and students the question above. We were inundated with replies, and in response are taking the following actions:
- Running Qualifying Sessions for students with a specific focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
- Offering Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Training to all volunteers
- Creating specific events for BAME members and students to share their experiences, for example our In Focus event in November
- Undertaking a comprehensive Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultation, allowing members to share their experiences and informing our future activities
For Black History Month this year, we will be running a social media campaign to highlight black members of the Inn, past and present, who have shaped our justice system and blazed a trail for barristers of the future. Our Library are running a social media campaign to highlight the appalling incidence of deaths in custody of black people in this country.
For #BHM2020 we will be highlighting some of the deaths in custody* cases that have occurred in the UK over the past 50 years. This list is non-exhaustive.— Inner Temple Library (@inner_temple) October 1, 2020
*police custody, prison facilities, and those related to immigration and secure mental health facilities pic.twitter.com/ugwua3AjQR
The Inn takes great pride in our diverse membership, and works hard to foster a culture of inclusion and equity. Black History Month is a time for us to come together, across the global community of the Inner Temple, to treat racial inequality as a shared responsibility and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black members of the Inn to our community and to wider society.