October marks Black History Month, the annual celebration of the historical past, achievements and contributions of black individuals in the UK.

For the entire month till October 31, events exploring African and Caribbean cultures and histories will take place around the UK. They embrace an exhibition in the Bank of England, which explores the Bank’s historic hyperlinks with slavery, a remembrance of black servicemen and women, a careers honest in London, a efficiency by Nitin Sawhney in Aberdeen and an viewers with Olympian Anyika Onuora in Liverpool, amongst many others.

While the UK celebrates Black History Month in October, in the US, the place commemorations originated, it takes place all through February.

So why do the US and the UK differ, and why is having a Black History Month in the UK so important?

Here is all the things you want to learn about Black History Month.

Who began Black History Month?

Carter Woodson rejected the concept his individuals had no historical past

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In the US, Black History Month was created by historian Carter G Woodson (1875-1950).​ He wished to challenge preconceptions at the time that “the negro has no history” and based the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, which inspired students and historians to research and protect black historical past and tradition.

In February 1926, Woodson based Negro History Week. It was later decided {that a} week wasn’t lengthy sufficient and, against the backdrop of the civil rights motion and the Black Power motion, Black History Month was born in 1969.

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