Black History Month (BHM) is an annual national celebration, with events taking place across the UK throughout October.
Since 1987, BHM has been celebrated every October in the UK. The month aims to bring together all communities in celebration of black history. The month will see organisations focusing on the achievements of black people in history and today.
The month has also become a time to look at wider “political” black issues of equality.Exhibitions, talks, events and debates will take place across the country throughout October to highlight the important contribution that the black community has made to British life over the centuries.
BHM is an occasion for celebrating the rich diversity of black and ethnic minority communities and individuals and their contributions to British culture and society. The aims are to:
- Promote knowledge of black history and experience
- To recognise and promote the historical contribution that BME communities have made
- To encourage school and community partnerships in exploring the histories of BME communities
- To develop black history as an educational tool for understanding, addressing and overcoming existing barriers to racial equality
- Disseminate information on positive BME contributions to British society
- Heighten the confidence and awareness of BME people in their cultural heritage
Get involved and learn about black history! Extend your historical knowledge, enjoy another cultural heritage and promote a positive image of people from different backgrounds.