The first UK Black History Month took place in October 1987 and now 35 years on UK Black History Month is here for another consecutive year! This year's theme is 'Time For Change. Action Not Words'. We're very much looking forward to the seminars, cultural events and of course, all of the delicious food and festivities throughout the month of October. For many, this is a time of reflection, community and tribute but what exactly is Black History Month and why is it important?
UK Black History Month takes place throughout the month of October every year and is a celebration of and awareness calendar event surrounding Black history, culture and heritage.
Numerous in-person and virtual events take place during Black History Month providing festivities, education and insight into the past and present Black diaspora.
The first UK Black History Month took place in October 1987 after being pitched to the Greater London Council by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo as an initiative to recognise and celebrate Black achievement and life in the UK.
October was chosen as the month because of its empowering symbolism as the 'period of plenty'. October is in the season of the Autumn equinox and is also the time of numerous celebrations across the Black diaspora including but not limited to yam festivals.
Each UK Black History Month has a theme and the theme for 2022 is 'Time For Change: Action Not Words'. This year's theme is designed to promote positive action and most importantly, encourage the follow-through and dedication needed for positive ideas to manifest into reality.
A host of incredible events will be taking place around the UK this Black History month and we've created a handy calendar to let you know where and when these events will be taking place!
Check out our UK Black History Month 2022 calendar here:
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