Black History Month 2023
October marks Black History Month, which is a time to promote and celebrate Black contributions to our society, and to help us gain a better understanding of Black history.
Did you know that we first started celebrating Black History Month in the UK back in 1987? This marked the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery in the Caribbean. Black History Month in the UK was started by Ghanaian-born Akyaaba Addai-Sebo who worked at Greater London Council. He chose October to celebrate the UK’s Black History Month, as it is a time when school children have returned from their summer holidays and will be ready to learn all about Black history and culture.
Black History Month began in the USA in 1976. The USA celebrates in February, which coincides with the birthdays of anti-slavery campaigners Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. The huge influence of the US Civil Rights movement on the rest of the world has meant that when we think of Black History Month, we typically celebrate famous American activists such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. This year, whilst celebrating these remarkable figures, we will be focusing on the immense influence that Black people have had on the UK.
The theme of this year’s Black History Month in the UK is ‘Saluting Our Sisters’, highlighting the role Black women have played in shaping British history and inspiring change. At Creative Support, we will be showcasing the incredible contributions of our Black staff and service users, shining a spotlight on their achievements and the impact they have made on their community. We will also be posting about the history of hair, hair types and culture, what it means to be an ally and more!
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Keep an eye out for updates throughout the month, and don’t forget to send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how your service is celebrating Black History Month this year, so we can share on our social media.