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What is Black History Month?

By HWResLife 05 Oct 2021

Black history month originates from the United States around 1970. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

In the United Kingdom, it was first celebrated in October 1987, organised by Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council.

Black history month was used as a way to teach students and young people about black contributions in a country, as the stories were forgotten. But now it's a celebration of those who’ve impacted not just a country but the world with their activism and achievements.

“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honouring our struggle and ancestors by remembering". (Lonnie G. Bunch III)

We encourage all our students to engage in Black History Month this October. If you are not sure where to start, why not check out our reading list here!