Every October, the UK celebrates Black History Month, a time to reflect on the rich tapestry of black culture, heritage and history that has helped shape modern Britain.
It’s more than 31 days; it’s a celebration of triumph, creativity and relentless spirit that has inspired generations.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is an annual observance of black people’s history, achievements and influence within the UK. It aims to educate, appreciate and celebrate the immense contributions Black Britons have made in various fields.
Why is it organised?
Black History Month highlights the often overlooked or forgotten achievements of black individuals in Britain. By recognising and honouring these contributions, we can help build a national sense of inclusivity, unity and understanding. It’s a chance for everyone to engage, learn and be inspired.
Five Black Britons making a positive impact
Sir Lenny Henry: An acclaimed comedian and actor, Sir Lenny’s contribution to British entertainment is unparalleled. He’s also a passionate advocate for diversity in the media.
Baroness Doreen Lawrence: As the mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack, she has become a tireless campaigner against racism and inequality.
Dame Kelly Holmes: An Olympic legend, Dame Kelly has been a trailblazer in athletics and has worked extensively to support mental health causes.
Malorie Blackman: An exceptional author, Blackman’s works, such as ‘Noughts & Crosses’, have brought diversity and representation into literature.
Sir Trevor McDonald: As one of the most recognised and respected newsreaders, Sir Trevor has been a leading figure in journalism, breaking barriers and setting standards.
Black History Month is a vibrant and powerful reminder of the strength, resilience and brilliance that black individuals have brought to the UK.
It’s a time to look back with pride and look forward with hope, recognising that our diverse heritage makes the United Kingdom that much stronger, wiser and kinder.
For more information, visit the official Black History Month website.
From all at Newton Fallowell Oakham, let’s celebrate our shared history and the bright future we can create together.