Black History Month

Black History Month has been celebrated widely for many years honouring the achievements, culture, and the history of black people.
In Southwark, Black History Month has been recognised for over 20 years with a month long programme of exciting and inspirational events and workshops.
Every year throughout October people, schools, libraries, groups and organisations host events and get involved with the celebration of black history.

Black History Month runs every October and brings together a series of events that celebrate the culture, history and achievements of black and ethnic minority communities.

 History of the Black History Month

Black History Month originated in the United States of America, where it is celebrated in February each year.

It started in 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor for thirty years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. Its purpose in America was to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of African Americans in keeping alive their heritage, traditions and histories.

In Britain, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987 as part of African Jubilee Year.

The decision to make this an annual event each October was supported by the Association of London Authorities. It has since grown to recognise and embrace the contributions and traditions of other black communities.

In Southwark the council and a large number of community organisations and individuals have been organising Black History Month events for over 20 years

Black History Month events recognise the rich cultural diversity and heritage of our communities and help to celebrate the huge achievements of black people and their lives in Southwark over the centuries. A history that has made Southwark the diverse, dynamic and exciting place it is today.