October is Black History Month

Black History Month 2019

Throughout October, the Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) Network at EEAST will be publishing articles to celebrate the achievements of black men and women in the UK.

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is celebrated in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Canada and the United States. Black History Month is a national celebration to promote and celebrate black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of black history in general.

When was Black History Month celebrated in the UK? 

Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987. It was organised through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council (GLC) and created a collaboration to get it underway.

Why is Black History Month celebrated?

It happens because so often in the past, the contributions made by black people to the community were ignored or played down because black people weren't treated the same way as other people because of the colour of their skin. Black History Month aims to address this unfairness, by celebrating the achievements and contributions of the black community over the years.

Throughout history, black people have made huge contributions to society in the fields of art, music, science, literature and many more areas.

For events in the East of England, please visit the website

BME network at EEAST

The Network will also have some articles from EEAST staff on their contributions and experiences.

To start off, let's have a look at some of the black men and women who have made history in the UK:

If you'd like to get in touch with the BME Network, contact Chair Ajay Kumar on: Ajay.Kumar@eastamb.nhs.uk 

Published 1st October 2019

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