Black History Month was first established in the UK in October 1987 through the efforts and leadership of Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, a Ghanaian-born coordinator of special projects who worked at the Greater London Council (GLC). Echoing its counterpart in the United States, it was created as a tool for honouring Africa's contribution to world civilisation and to challenge racism in British society and the Eurocentric version of history that dominated the official school system at the time.
Over time, Black History Month evolved into a celebration of cultural diversity, honouring and promoting Black contributions to British society and fostering an understanding of Black history in general. With hundreds of local and national events taking place, we invite you to explore and learn with us this year.
To find out more and to hear the voices and experiences of some of our staff and students, please visit Black History Month 2020.