First organised by Ghanaian activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, Black History Month in the UK has been celebrated every October since 1987. The main aims of Black History Month are to educate all on black history and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people across history and throughout the world.
What is Black History?
Black History is the record of how people of African and Caribbean descent have shaped the world, including the cities, nations, states and empires they created, as well as their huge influence on art, literature, music and culture today. It is also the record and acknowledgement of black people’s resistance and survival in the face of colonialism and the racism they still face today.
Why do we celebrate Black History Month?
Black History Month provides an official time to recognise the persecution and discrimination that black people have faced and to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the social, political, economic and cultural development of the UK.
WIN a Black History Month book bundle
In celebration of Black History Month, we're giving one lucky school the chance to win a selection of Black History themed books from Franklin Watts and Wayland.
Simply Like & RT our competition posts on Twitter before 31st October to be in with the chance of winning.*
Books to help you introduce Black History
Get the Black History Month conversation started with these inspiring books from Franklin Watts and Wayland.
PLUS – look out for our interesting facts about inspirational figures from black history which we’ll be sharing on our Twitter page throughout October.
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