It’s the last week of Black History Month, but don’t worry! It’s not too late to celebrate! Here are some simple and fun ways to get involved:
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month happens in the UK every October: It is a momentous occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society, which have often been overlooked. It is a chance for British Black people to feel pride and a chance for us all to learn more about the amazing people of UK history. There is a new theme every year.
Why is the 2023 theme “Saluting Our Sisters”?
The theme of ‘Saluting our Sisters’ highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities. This year’s celebration will showcase pioneering black women who have made remarkable contributions to literature, music, fashion, sport, business, politics, academia, social and health care, and more.
Ready to be a part of it? Let’s get straight in:
Stay in and watch movies! Black British life has been historically underrepresented in UK cinema, but there have been some brilliant contributions in recent years. Check out these top 10 on BHM UK’s website:
Join Black Voices Cornwall for the ‘Saluting Our Sisters’, free online event: Bringing together people of all ethnicities, ages and genders from across Cornwall, this open discussion event includes stories of powerful Black women and everyone is encouraged (not required) to share stories or thoughts about Black Women who feature in their lives: Mums, Sisters, celebs - whoever you want to highlight. All from the comfort of your home. Get the link for the event by registering HERE
Take part in the #BHMLandmarks challenge: Fancy a day out? Set out to find landmarks and statues that celebrate Black People, take pictures and post them with the # above, or just google them to find out more about their stories: Here’s a hint, if you don’t think there are any landmarks in Cornwall, start at Truro Cathedral! (there are plenty more across the duchy)
Educate your kids about the UK’s amazing Black women! We often celebrate American figures during Black History month, but do you know about our own icons? Black Voices Cornwall have created a series of short videos for primary age kids, each one telling the story of homegrown heroes: Visit the Black Voices Cornwall Youtube channel to watch them all.
Champion Diversity and Tackle Discrimination in Your Area: The most important thing we can do is learn from the past and work for a better future: The most important thing YOU can do is be a part of the movement. You can:
Sign the 'Wreck Racism' pledge or as a Black Voices Cornwall volunteer - help your local organisation to keep celebrating and supporting Black people.
Report racism when you see it: You don’t have to confront someone, just report it to your boss, teacher, parent or the police:
Report by phone: Call 101
Make time to learn more about British Black History - there are lots of books, websites, films and podcasts that tell the story of British Black People.
Ask your work, your kids school or your local politicians to consider how they can support anti-racism in Cornwall.
Finally, Remember that UK Black History isn't confined to a month
Black History Month is about celebrating and recognising the contributions of Britons who have been left out of mainstream UK history. But it is important to remember that Black British history is as important as the rest of history that we celebrate all year through. We want to see this reflected in our classrooms, communities and local media: You can help us to make that change! Follow us on social media / sign up as a member to receive updates on positive changes we are making in Cornwall.