Race equality charity set to change its name

The Black Training and Enterprise Group says its new title will better reflect the range of people it works with

The equality charity the Black Training and Enterprise Group is to change its name to Action for Race Equality.

The charity said the understanding of who identified as black had changed over the past 30 years so it was moving to a name that better reflected the range of people it worked with.

The new name was unveiled last week at an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the charity, which works to achieve race equality and improve outcomes for ethnic minority people in education, employment and enterprise.

It will start using the new name in January.

Chief executive Jeremy Crook said: “In 1991, when BTEG was set up by a network of local black- and Asian-led organisations and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, there was more consensus to identify with the term ‘black’ as an inclusive label. This has changed.

“We support young people from black, Asian and mixed-heritage backgrounds and there is much debate about appropriate ethnicity terms. We want to keep the focus on action to tackle systemic and institutional racism.

“We can only make a difference by working collaboratively with individuals and organisations from all ethnicities and sectors.”

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