Today, 1 October 2021, marks the first day of Black History Month, which has run throughout October in the UK since 1987 – originally having started in the United States in 1970.

The main aims of Black History Month are to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people - not just in the UK, but throughout the world, and also to educate all on black history. It's also an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes. It has grown to be one of the most prominent cultural celebrations of the year.

This year's theme for Black History Month is 'Proud to be….'

Inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events, the new campaign will invite Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be. For example, Proud To Be Black, Proud To Be Brown, Proud To Be Black & LGBTQ+, Proud To Be Me.

Black History Month can have many different meanings to different groups or individuals. Some see it as a time of reflection, others as a time of celebration and coming together. Many organisations across the country will have some involvement, and many events happen throughout the month.

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Follow #BHM2021, #BlackHistoryMonth and #ProudToBe on Twitter, and keep an eye on our Group social media channels for some great content from our Roots Network throughout October!