October is Black History Month
Black History Month (BHM) was initiated by Carter G Woodson in America in 1926 as a way to respond to the often-expressed view that Black Americans and other peoples of African descent had made no significant contribution to human civilization. It was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987, having been initiated by the then Chair of the London Strategic Policy Unit, Linda Bellos.
We need to share knowledge of our common human ancestry in Africa and of the continuous presence of Black people in Britain for at least 500 years.
There remains a lack of knowledge about Black achievement. Norfolk, for example, is often perceived as a white county. Yet actually there is both a historical – with figures such as the formerly enslaved writer and activist Olaudah Equiano, Allen Minns (Britain’s First Black Mayor, elected in Thetford in 1904) and Pablo Fanque (Britain’s first Black circus owner) – and a thriving contemporary Black presence.
For Norfolk Black Heritage and Culture (NBHC), working in partnership to promote the contributions, achievements and heritage of the growing Black communities in Norfolk is an important strand of our anti-racist work. Our ultimate aim, of course, is not that Black achievement is celebrated for a month each year but that it is integrated appropriately into all aspects of our society throughout the year. NBHC supports and encourages members to explore diverse ways to incorporate this agenda – of countering racism through positive strategies for the inclusion of Black experiences and perspectives – into their work programmes.
This website contains:
- up-to-date events listings;
- information about BHM and local Black history;
- teaching resources and links.
It is updated throughout the year.
The BHM Steering Group would like to thank all the individuals and organisations who have made this month possible. We are particularly indebted to our funders and sponsors.