The month of October marks Black History Month. The month was established in 1987 to acknowledge, raise awareness and promote the vast contributions people of Black African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK and world history.
It provides an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of black communities and to take continued action against racism.
This year, Black History Month launches with hundreds of countrywide events alongside a new campaign encouraging people of all ages to share what they are proud to be on social media. This forms part of the month-long celebration of the incredible richness and diversity of Black and Brown heritage within the UK.
Brighton and Hove Council are holding numerous events to mark Black History Month, for example:
The Jubilee Library is hosting the ‘Still Breathing: 100 Black Voices on Racism – 100 ways to change the narrative’ exhibition until 31 October.
Both the Jubilee and Hove libraries have specially curated stock throughout Black History Month which can be accessed both via E-book or with physical copies.
There are many more events occurring throughout the city this month, click here to learn more about them and find out how you can get involved.
Councillor Amanda Grimshaw, co-opposition spokesperson for Tourism, Equality, Culture & Communities Committee said:
“This month provides an ideal perfect opportunity to take a deeper look into the history of our Black communities and celebrate and recognise all those who have played an important role in creating the world we live in today – both locally and nationally.
“It is also a time for tackling the racism and prejudice that is still present within our country.
“By educating ourselves on the experiences of our Black communities we make Brighton and Hove a stronger, more welcoming city.
“I hope that everyone in our community can participate in this years Black History Month and would encourage everyone to visit the Jubilee library to see the ‘Still Breathing’ exhibition.”