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:
Hi! My name is Roli. I am a Project Manager @Shelter and I will be taking over Polly’s twitter account for the day. A little about me...I'm half Bajan and half Trini, an arts & culture enthusiast and Chair of the Housing North Board @JigsawHG #ShareTheMic pic.twitter.com/MvSm8k3pQA— Polly Neate (@pollyn1) October 20, 2020
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”.
Breast cancer survivor and advocate @leannepero, and her project Black Women Rising, has supported me throughout my cancer journey. The Instagram page is full of stories and pictures of black women who are battling cancer or are survivors. 1/2#ShareTheMic pic.twitter.com/0qRpleWPVr— Sophia Jones - #ShareTheMic - (lynda thomas) (@lynda_thomas) October 20, 2020
CLIC Sargent's CEO, Rachel Kirby-Rider, is handing over her account to Shellbie, a 24-year-old the charity has recently supported:
Hello, my name is Shellbie. I’m 24 and live in the West Midlands. I am half Jamaican and half English and have lived in the UK since birth. I currently work in Digital Data and Technology and today I will be taking over Rachel’s account for the #ShareTheMic campaign. pic.twitter.com/oPJSIba3p4— rachel kirby-rider (@RachelKirbyR) October 20, 2020
Cancer survivor Angel Shepherd-Bascom will be taking over from Teenage Cancer Trust's CEO Kate Collins from lunchtime:
Excellent to chat today with @angeyyb who will be tweeting from my account as part of #ShareTheMic today. She'll be tweeting from lunchtime & is really looking forward to chatting with you all so pls do join in!— Angel #ShareTheMic (Kate Collins) (@KateCollinsUK) October 20, 2020
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