It’s October, already! In the US that means it’s National Disability Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month – meanwhile across the pond here in Blighty (GB) – it’s Black History Month UK!
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Origins of Black History Month UK
Black History Month originated in the US, where it is also called African-American History Month. Going back further, before it was created, in 1926 handsome historian Carter G Woodson together with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week in February would be ‘Negro History Week’. Since the late 19th century black communities have celebrated the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on Feb 12 and Fredrick Douglass on Feb 14 together -‘Negro History Week’ coincided with these dates perfectly.
From the beginning, the most emphasis was given to the coordinated teaching of the history of Black Americans in the nation’s public schools. At the launch of Negro History Week Woodson said “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition;and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilisation”
Churches played a significant role in distributing literature in association with Negro History Week as did both the mainstream and black press. Negro History Week prompted the creation of black history clubs as well as an increased interest from both teachers and progressive whites. Over the decades its popularity grew as mayors all over the US endorsed it as a holiday.
When Did Black History Month Start?
(Kuumba House – The Black United Students first Black culture center where many events of the first Black History Month celebration took place)
In February 1969 black educators and the Black United Students proposed Black History Month at Kent State University. The first Black History Month took place the following year, at Kent State, from Jan 2 1970 – Feb 28 1970. Six years on, Black History Month was being celebrated across the US. During the celebration of the United States Bicentennial, President Gerald Ford recognised Black History Month saying “Seize the opportunity to honour the too often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavour throughout our history”
In 1987, Black History Month came to the United Kingdom, organised by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, a Ghanaian analyst who worked for the GLC (Greater London Council) it was celebrated for the first time in London – (if you or your family were there we’d LOVE to hear about it in the comments below)
Why Was Black History Month Started?
Black History Month was originally founded to recognise the contributions made by people of African and Caribbean descent to this country over many generations. The aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the British history that was not being taught in schools. Black people have always been present in the UK but there has been a lack of representation in the history books.
Black History Month UK Facts
In the US, Black History Month was designed to recognise black history and achievements- in the UK, although similar, BHM also aims to promote knowledge of black history both cultural and via heritage as well as to ensure that information on positive black contributions to British society.is spread widely throughout Great Britain and beyond.
BHM is celebrated in February in the US as previously mentioned to coincide with Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas’ birthdays, in the UK it is celebrated in October (1/10 till 31/10) with the hope that it would instill pride and identification into black kids near the beginning of the new academic year however many events now run from August to November so called ‘Black Heritage Season’
In the US, research shows that BHM appears to focus solely on the history of African-Americans, although it is celebrated by many other ethnicities, however in the UK recognition is made of the contributions of African, Caribbean and Asian people throughout history.
Although well supported in the US, BHM experienced a decline in interest and funding in 2012 however there are many platforms including social media available to create more awareness. Below is a link to BHM magazine (not to be confused with FHM magazine!) have a flick through and you’ll find some of the people mentioned in the next section.
Mary Prince (1788 – c.1833) There are no surviving pictures of Mary Prince the first woman to ever petition a parliament as a slave in 1829 and the first black woman to write and publish an autobiography, ‘The History of Mary Prince’**
Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761 – July 1804) The illegitimate daughter of Sir John Lindsay, she was born into slavery in the British West Indies. Brought to England in 1765, she was raised as a free gentlewoman at Kenwood House by her uncle and aunt – William and Elizabeth Murray.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940) “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” – these words are not just lyrics from a Bob Marley song they are one of many inspirational quotes from Marcus Garvey Jr.
Edward Swarthye (One of many black Tudors) The Tudor period was from 1485 to 1603. Edward Swarthye was a porter during that time (he could carry my luggage any day!) working for Sir Edward Wynter, a politician in Gloucester, England. Edward was highly respected by his employer.
This is the tiniest snapshot of the many many contributors to black history who lived in the UK at some point in their lives. Who would you have liked to have seen up there and why? Let me know in the comments below.
That was fascinating – now show me the money!
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** Mary Prince – The History of Mary Prince – I’ve just bought this and the review at my other website https://babybore.co.uk/ soon come!