The theme for this year’s Black History Month is ‘Time for Change: Action Not Words’, which means working to tackle racism, reclaim Black history and ensure Black people, their pasts and their stories are included and represented all year round.
Started in the US as a week-long celebration in 1926 by Carter G Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator and publisher, in 1976 it became a month-long celebration in the US.
It was not officially celebrated in the UK until 1987 when it was organised by the activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, at the time special projects coordinator 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 throughout the world and to educate all on black history.
Take a look at the events at the UoB during Black History Month https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/events/black-history-month/index.aspx