Introduction to Black History Month
Today marks the start of Black History Month (BHM) 2021. People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. The legacy they have left is clear for us to see in modern British culture. This month we celebrate the individuals and the collective contributions to our way of life.
Throughout October our articles series will highlight some of the most important Black voices and characters in Black history. There are many more Black people who have made an indelible impact on our lives.
Black history month’s origins go back to the 1920s and the establishment of Negro History Week in the United States. In the UK it was launched in the 1980s in London and was largely the result of local community activism challenging racism in general in British society and the Eurocentric version of history that dominated the state school system.
Today BHM has become an important date in the cultural calendar of many of the UK’s museums, galleries and local authorities. We encourage people to look further into Black history and discover how this history is not only Black history but a part of our collective history as British and Welsh people.
You can find many resources in our local libraries throughout RCT.