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East London restaurant honours successful black women

HONOURED: Dawn Butler, left, and Aloun Ndombet-Assamba

AN EAST London Caribbean restaurant is hosting a Black History Month event to honour “powerful” black women.

The Maroon’s in Limehouse, east London, will be the venue for the “Celebrating Black Women Achievements” awards ceremony on October 30 at 2pm.

The event was conceptualised and organised by the restaurant’s general manager Movery Livingston.

He said: “It is very important that we recognise women who have made their mark on our society.”

Among those being honoured are MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott, Jamaican high commissioner Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, Baroness Howells, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Princess Deun Adedoyin-Solarin, renowned publisher and writer Margaret Busby, Corinne Skinner-Carter and Colourful radio presenter and former MP for Brent South, Dawn Butler.

The late Jessica Huntley, who made significant contributions to black literature, was supposed to be the guest of honour, but she passed away on October 14 in Ealing, west London.

Livingston said he hoped the event will counter some of the negativity surrounding the black community.

He added: “Black women are fantastic and they have done really well, despite being up against tremendous odds.

“These women who are being honoured have made great contributions towards creating a positive image of black people, and they often do not receive the recognition and the praise they deserve.”

Butler, who will be presenting at the event, talked about the importance of giving credit to the black community for its achievements.

She added: “We should celebrate the women in our society because they are the cornerstone of the family, they are the unspoken heroes.

“I have heard before the saying that black women are double disadvantaged.

'We are may be double discriminated against, because African Caribbean women will be discriminated because they African Caribbean and because they are females, but we are not definitely not double disadvantaged.”

The political consultant is going to talk about opening doors for black women.

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