Black History Month takes place every October in the UK to promote and celebrate the contributions of those with African and Caribbean heritage to society.
Before Windrush was one of this years themes which examines the lives of Black Britons such as 19th century composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Ivor Cummings, who were living in the UK before the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948.
Saluting our Sisters was another theme which highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities. This year’s celebration showcased pioneering black women who have made remarkable contributions to literature, music, fashion, sport, business, politics, academia, social and health care, and more.
What are the aims of Black History Month in the UK?
Celebrate and recognise the achievements of African and Caribbean heritage people’s role in helping to shape UK culture, history, and economic development.
Educating the UK population on how the relationships between Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States helped create modern Britain.
To encourage government, institutions, and corporations to embrace and adopt equality and diversity policies
How did YPAS Celebrate Black History Month UK 2023?
Throughout the month YPAS Smarty’s and LGBTQ+ groups held sessions dedicated to Black History Month where they learnt about the Windrush Generation, Marsh P Johnson, Rosa Parks and other notable Black people of historical importance. They also cooked BBQ chicken, rice and peas, lamb stew and plantain.
Check out the images below taken during Black History Month sessions.