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Black charity professionals take over CEOs’ Twitter accounts for Black History Month

20 Oct 2020 News

Female leaders in the charity sector are marking Black History Month by handing over their Twitter accounts to Black colleagues today.

The chief executives of Shelter, Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Society, Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent are among those using the #ShareTheMic hashtag and giving control of their account to a colleague.

The hashtag launched at the beginning of the month as part of a campaign that saw black women taking over the Instagram accounts of 70 white women. For example, writer Bernardine Evaristo took over CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour’s account.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, tweeted about the takeover yesterday morning and said: “Tomorrow, as part of #BHM2020 a group of women charity leaders will #ShareTheMic - handing over our social media to Black women colleagues and sector friends. Fellow women #socialCEOs you’re welcome to join in.”

Her account is currently in the hands of Roli Barker, project manager at Shelter:


Lynda Thomas, CEO at Macmillan Cancer Support, is handing over her account to Sophia Jones, communications professional who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, who “will be raising the profile of black women who have influenced her cancer journey, as well as sharing her experiences of Macmillan support”.

CLIC Sargent's CEO, Rachel Kirby-Rider, is handing over her account to Shellbie, a 24-year-old the charity has recently supported:


Cancer survivor Angel Shepherd-Bascom will be taking over from Teenage Cancer Trust's CEO Kate Collins from lunchtime:


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