Introduction to Black History Month
October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years.
The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.
Why is Black History Month important?
It is held to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the black community in the UK. Throughout history, black people have made huge contributions to society in the fields of art, music, science, literature and many more areas.
Black people have been in Britain for a lot longer than may have previously been thought. One of the oldest skeletons ever found was that of the Cheddar Man who had dark skin.
Although black people have always been present in the UK, there has been a lack of representation in the history books. Contributions made by black people have often been ignored or played down because black people weren’t treated the same way as other people because of the colour of their skin.
For more information on Black History Month both locally and nationally please see the Shropshire Council Equality and Diversity pages here.