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Black History Month

October is Black History Month and has been celebrated across the UK for over 30 years, each year growing from strength to strength. The aim of the month is to recognise significant contributions to society made by people with black heritage and how their history is integral to mainstream narratives.

The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor of the Journal of Negro History established Negro History Week.

Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

During Black History Month the achievements of the black community are highlighted and celebrated and the hidden history about black communities is uncovered. A wide range of events are held throughout the UK.

Black History Month UK (new window) has further information.