Introducation to Black History Month

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is annual celebration of black history. The month is to formally recognised by the Government and highlights the contributions Africa and African peoples make to the economic, social and political landscape of London and the wider UK.

  • promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage
  • disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society
  • heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in relation to their cultural heritage.


Where did Black History Month start?

Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976.


Why is it celebrated in February in America and October in the U.K?

The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It was first celebrated in 1987 in the U.K. The introduction of Black History Month was facilitated by the former Greater London Council. The Council had selected October because the month coincided with the Marcus Garvey celebrations and London Jubilee. Also, Black History Month in America celebrates African-Americans history whereas in the UK it is a celebration for African, Caribbean and Asian history.


Do we still need to celebrate Black History Month?


Loughborough Black History Month Celebration

Loughborough celebrates Black History Month take a look at our previous celebration brought to you by Ethnic Minority Network.

Black History Month 2015


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