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.
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.