October is Black History Month

26th October 2021 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

October is Black History Month!

The first UK event was launched in London back in October 1987. The month was founded by Ghanaian analyst, journalist and activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo.

During Black History Month, the aim is for all communities to challenge different forms of racism, such as internalised, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism, to address white privilege, and to educate ourselves and others about Black British history that is not yet consistently taught in all schools.

Schools and others can access educational Black History Month resource packs, including magazines, creative artwork posters as well as newly produced teaching materials, through the BHM 2021 website.

At Westminster City Council, the theme of this year’s Black History Month is ‘Everybody Connected’. The BAME Network has planned a series of events, such as free historic Black Legacy Walks around Westminster. You can sign up to the events here.

There are also free digital displays provided by the Black Cultural Archives here. You can also visit the Black Cultural Archives in person, for free in Brixton – this is the only national black heritage centre in the UK so far.

For more information, please go to the Black History Month website, which is full of inspiration for ongoing attention beyond the month of October, always.