Black History Month began in 1915. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the History of African people. Lots of places celebrate Black History Month, such as care homes, schools and workplaces. The reason the month of October was chosen, was because this is the month that African chiefs and leaders meet to settle their differences.
It is a time when people from many different backgrounds come together to celebrate the role black people have had in shaping our communities. Over the years the focus of Black History Month has expanded to include the history of African, Asian and Caribbean peoples and their contribution to Britain’s ‘island story’.
Black History Month covers lots of different topics, such as migration, music and Britain’s colonial past. It gives everyone an opportunity to share and celebrate the impact that Black Culture has has on the UK.
What do you do to celebrate Black History Month?