October is Black History Month


Events around the UK this month celebrate Black heritage and Black contributions to British society. black-history-month.png

1 October 2009. October is Black History Month. This national celebration aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black history in general.

Black History Month has been celebrated across the UK every October for over 30 years. It was first celebrated in 1987. The introduction of Black History Month was facilitated by the former Greater London Council, that selected October because the month coincided with the Marcus Garvey celebrations and London Jubilee.

The first Black History Month celebrations formed part of the African Jubilee celebrations organised by the London’s Race Equality Unit. From the London boroughs the interest in black history month soon spread to other cities like Bristol, Leeds, Manchester Nottingham and Birmingham.

In the UK, Black History Month has been used to highlight the histories and contributions of the ‘Black’ communities. There has been some debate as to whether or not Black History Month should be exclusive to those from the African Caribbean communities. However, in the UK, Black History Month celebrations have remained inclusive to all Black minority ethnic communities. Therefore the word ‘black’ is used in the generic sense.

A series of events are scheduled in October all around the UK celebrating Black History Month.

A few are listed below:

•Liverpool National Museum – A programme of free events. For more information, click here.

•Black History in Birmingham – A celebration of Caribbean, Asian and African cultures past and present. or more information, click here.

•Victoria and Albert Museum, London – Beneath the Surface, September-November 2009. For more information, click 

• Black History in Westminster, London – A series of events in Westminster. For more information, click here.

•Black History in Lambeth, London – Films, carnival, writing workshops, poetry and more. For more information, clic here.

•Black History in Camden, London – Science fact, science fiction. An exploration of science through African heritage. For more information, click here.


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