Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month, an annual celebration of the history, achievements and contributions of people of African and Caribbean heritage, is held annually in October in the UK. It aims to increase the visibility of Black people and the experience of Black communities in the UK.

Originally conceived in 1926 by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History as Negro History Week, Black History Month became a national African American event in February 1976 and launched in the UK in October 1987.

Many of us take issue with the consignment of our history and presence to a single month of the year and note the absence of Black history, culture and people in UK education, news, media and events. We will mark the significance of Black History Month with a SHADE event while continuing to celebrate the history of people of diverse ethnicities throughout the year. We are currently organising We Are Here, an outdoor culture trail for October 2020 celebrating the past and present of Black people in Hastings and St Leonards.

More details coming soon…

Tell your story

The “We Are Here” culture trail will feature audio recordings of Black people in Hastings and St Leonards. We are looking for people to share their stories with us and we’d love to hear from you. Contact us and one of our members will arrange to meet with and interview you at your convenience (this can also be virtual). Stories will be recorded, edited and available on our website and on our We Are Here culture trail. For more information, click here.