What do we mean by Black History?
Africa has always exerted a strong positive influence upon the world through the vitality of its culture and achievements, despite attempts to undermine and demean it. There is much to set right, reinstate, remember and celebrate.
In this context, it is important that Africa remains at the heart of Black History Month. In recognition of a shared experience of colonialism and racism worldwide, Norfolk Black History Month has chosen to also embrace the cultures of other individuals and communities who identify themselves as Black.
Why do we need Black History?
The answer is simple – because too often it is omitted from mainstream history. Unless we focus on unearthing and reinstating Black achievements and contributions these will remain invisible and our understanding of our local and global human heritage will be inaccurate and distorted.