The Black History Month, established in 1987 by the Ghanaian-born Akyaaba Addai Sebo, is an occasion to raise awareness about black history in the UK every year.
The celebrated historian Carter G.Woodson devised the early origins of Black History Month in 1926 at the height of Jim Crow laws and segregation in the USA.
October was chosen rather than February, when it is celebrated in the US, because of the spiritual relevance of the month in many African cultures: harvest season, Autumn equinox and yam festival to name few.
In a statement on the 2018 BHM celebration, the Prime Minister Theresa May said:” “Black history is British history …Over many generations, Black British people have become part of the fabric of our country and have influenced every sphere of our society and culture – from education, media, sport and the arts, to business, technology and politics.”
Theresa May’s declaration seems controversial to Sinai Fleary, a prominent writer and podcaster, who said: ”in this country, there are Black people being treated so unfairly in the UK.” Fleary was then pointing out the recent Windrush Scandal and its effect on the Black descents in the UK.
For many, BHM is more pertinent and thoughtful than the previous editions because of the Windrush Scandal. Others think the Windrush scandal has overshadowed the BHM.
Black History Month is not without its opponents, though. Some people argue that it’s hardly justified to teach black history in the space of one month and advocate trying to integrate it into the mainstream education system instead.
“Stop talking!” Jacqueline McKenzie, a black British immigration lawyer, recommends the focus of Black History Month to be shifted from commemoration to action.
Across Scotland, there will be actions, celebrations and lots of events taking up and down the country during October to commemorate the Black History Month.
Click on the link below to find Black History Month’s events in Scotland.
- The Black History Month in Scotland by the Coalition for Racial and Rights (CRER)
Some other important dates:
- The Glasgow Science Centre invites people to “join them in exploring the ethical issues around the use of Henrietta Lacks’ DNA in scientific research and the incredible contribution of three black female mathematicians in the space race. Every day till 2nd “Find out more on time and schedule on https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/discover/family-events/black-history-month
- Glasgow Life will explore Glasgow’s historical connections to the slave trade on 7th and 14th October 2018. https://www.visitscotland.com/info/events/black-history-month-p1925761
PS: The list of the BHM’s activities in Scotland is not exhaustive. Please contact us to be added up.