Black History Month 2021 – Continuing our education

This October, we’re proud to be supporting the national celebrations for Black History Month 2021.

We believe it’s important to show your support, spread awareness, increase your own knowledge and encourage others to do the same so that we can continue to make ForHousing an inclusive community which champions diversity and equality.

Black History Month 2021, where it all began…

During October the UK celebrates Black History Month. Although Black History Month has been celebrated every February in the USA since 1970, it was not officially celebrated in the UK until 1987 when it was organised by the activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo who, at the time was the coordinator for special projects for the Greater London Council. The first Black History Month was celebrated only in London, but in the years since, the celebration has spread across the whole UK and is now celebrated annually throughout each October.

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.

How you can get involved

During October there are many events to celebrate Black History Month taking place across the country. Special classes and celebrations are arranged, museums and art galleries have special themed exhibits, and there are also many special themed shows about Black History Month on the TV and Radio.

If you would like to get involved and discover more about black history, you will find a full listing of events and exhibitions taking place across the UK on the official Black History Month website

Recommended Reads & Online Events

Visit the website to find more recommendations this Black History Month.

Read: Noughts & Crosses: By Malorie Blackman OBE

Malorie Blackman OBE, author of Nought & Crosses is also running a live online event which you can purchase tickets for:

· An evening with Malorie Blackman : Thursday 16th September, tickets cost £17.50 - Book Tickets:

Free online events:

· An evening with David Olusoga – Wednesday 6th October 17:00-18:00

· Black History Year: George the Poet – Tuesday 19th October 18:30-19:30

· A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery & Resistance - Stella Dadzie – Tuesday 19th October 17:00-19:00

Other events:

Oldham – Live at the Library:

Join us in celebrating the enormous contribution black people have made to our vibrant and diverse society!