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UK Black History Month

UKBHMUK Black History Month 2013

Black History Month (BHM) / Afrikan History Month (AMH) is held every October in Britain and February in USA and Canada. The aims are to:

  • promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage
  • disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society
  • heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in relation to their cultural heritage.

The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926, when Carter G Woodson, editor for 30 years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. It is still celebrated there in February each year.

In Britain, the Black History Month now regularly includes more than 6,000 events.

Black history: the timeline

View a special timeline marking the key figures and significant events for Africans and the diaspora over the past 2,000 years.

Resources for Black History Month UK

The Guardian

Education Scotland

Tes Connect

The Black Presence in Britain

Official Black History Month UK Website

UK Black Firsts:

WP Sislin Fay Allen

Sislin Fay Allen

In 1968, Sislin Fay Allen, a nurse at Croydon’s Queens Hospital, became Britain’s first Black policewoman.

Read about Sislin Fay Allen

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai – first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Read about Wangari Maathai


Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams – first black British comedian to experience mainstream success.Read about Charlie Williams

Bishop Wilfred Wood

Bishop Wilfred Wood, the first black bishop

Read about Bishop Wilfred Wood


Robert Adams

Robert Adams the first black actor to play a leading dramatic role on British Television

More about Robert Adams



Ottobah Cugoano

Ottobah Cugoano the first African to demand total abolition of slavery

Read about Ottobah Cugoano

Trevor McDonald

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, the first black news’ reader in the UK

Read about Sir Trevor McDonald OBE


Clive Sullivan

Clive Sullivan Rugby’s first black captain

Read about Clive Sullivan


Vaughan Gething

Vaughan Gething -first black President of the National Union of Students Wales.

Read about Vaughan Gething

Labour of love … Diane Abbott outside the Great Hall, Westminster.

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott –  The first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons.

Read about Diane Abbott


Bill Morris

Bill Morris –  first black leader of a British trade union

Read about Bill Morris

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