Black History Month - October

Logo of Black History Month

Black History Month (BHM) / Afrikan History Month (AMH) is held every October in Britain and February in USA and Canada.

The aims are to:

  • promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage
  • disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society
  • heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in relation to their cultural heritage.

The origins of BHM go back to 1926, when Carter G Woodson, editor for 30 years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. It is still celebrated there in February each year.

In Britain, the BHM now regularly includes more than 6,000 events.

Resources

Black History Month

Black History Month is held every October in Britain and aims to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage; disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society and heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in relation to their cultural heritage.

WW2 People's War - Black and Asian involvement

BBC website with learning activities and links to personal memories of the role of black and Asian combatants and civilians in World War Two.

Black presence in the 18th and 19th century

Resources for schools relating to the role and presence of black people in Britain in the 18th and 19th century in Britain.

Slavery, freedom or perpetual servitude? - the Joseph Knight case

Page on the National Archives of Scotland site about Joseph Knight, a slave who won a legal battle for freedom in 1774 in the Scottish Court of Session.

Abolition of the Slave Trade

This learning resource for Scottish primary schools and early secondary pupils was developed to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.

100 Great Black Britons
Website for UK campaign to raise the profile, history and achievement of the African and Caribbean community over the last 1000 years
Mixed Britannia

BBC website about a series exploring the previously untold history of Britain's mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it.

Resource calendar

Links to resources to support learning related to celebrations, awareness days and action weeks throughout the year.

More from Education Scotland

Go to the Scotland and the Abolition of the Slave Trade website