October is Black History Month!

The theme for this year is #ProudToBe and invites Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be. For example, Proud To Be Black, Proud To Be Brown, Proud To Be Black & LGBTQ+, Proud To Be Me.

As well as celebrating Black people’s achievements throughout history, this month is also about sharing how Black History is personal to you and how we all make history all the time.

The media is so often about the struggles that Black and Brown communities face due to racism, inequalities and injustice, but this month is a chance to focus on celebrating being Black or Brown. So, Black History Month UK is asking you to share the pride you have in your culture and heritage so that we can see the richness and diversity that Black and Brown communities bring to the UK.

“Black Lives Matter means people being able to live life to the fullest without having to compromise who they are. Everyone deserves the right to be Proud To Be everything they are and want to be in life.”

Catherine Ross, Editor at Black History Month UK

Find out more about the theme

Black Britons through history

As part of Black History Month we will be sharing the too-often unrecognised stories of Black Britons throughout history. Celebrating their legacies, achievements and contributions not only to the UK, but the world.

Head to our social media pages to see some of our Black Icons, and follow the links below to learn more.

Great Black Britons – Firsts

5 Iconic Black British Women in History

Black History Month Heroes

Black and British: A Forgotten History TV series

Black and British: A Forgotten History Book

Black British History

9 Black British Icons you should know