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About Shades Of Black

Some History

Shades of Black came into being in February 1989 after the Handsworth riots, when commercial and domestic buildings were burnt by many young black people, who were low academic achievers, and unemployed.

It was then 5 ladies from different educational backgrounds who met together to consider what could be done to reconcile, reassure and rebuild the community.

Practical and financial help and assistance came through the West Midlands Probation Service in the early years. SOB set out an action plan development programme of social and educational activities. Through the help and assistance received, the SOB committee have succeeded where others failed to provide basic skills, and invaluable service delivery. Committee members have to be honest, hardworking with good communication skills, give unconditional love commitment and consistency

Shades of Black programme of activities cater for the whole family e.g. Senior Citizens, the housebound and young people of all nationalities within the areas of Handsworth, Aston and Stechford.


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