Black History Month takes place annually in October, and is a month-long event dedicated to recognising the contribution of those in the UK with African or Caribbean heritage. It also aims to celebrate the achievements of Black and Brown people throughout history.
The theme in 2021 is ‘Proud To Be’. It’s inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 and invites Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are Proud To Be. Catherine Ross of Black History Month UK says: “We wanted the theme of Black History Month 2021 to focus on celebrating being Black or Brown, and to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture – in their own way, in their own words.”
The aims of Black History Month are to:
- promote knowledge and understanding of Black History and culture, both nationally and in Portsmouth
- acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by Black and Brown people to the cultural and economic development of the UK