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We have come to the end of this year’s Black History Month in the UK, celebrated during the month of October and many other platforms talk about Black History month only in October in the UK and Ireland. I wanted to set the tone for Black History to be celebrated every month and not just in October, or in February as it is celebrated in Canada and the US. Black History month actually originated in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month and it has received official recognition from the government.

Black History month started as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the AfroGlobal community, and historian Carter G Woodson (1875- 1950) was the man behind the concept of black history when he announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” Woodson also dedicated 10 years to complete, ‘The Journal of Negro History’ and then focused on promoting the teaching of black history in schools. Woodson argued that the teaching of black history, was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society.

Negro History Week became Black History Month in 1970, following the successful proposal by black educators in 1969 and became a mainstream celebration 6 years later. Black History was first officially recognised in the UK many years later in 1987, as part of African Jubilee year. The UK started to celebrate Black History month in October after Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo set up a plan to recognise the contributions made from African, Asian and Caribbean people on life in the UK.

There is a lot of controversy behind the term Black History Month, which I will not go into here; however I think it is important to note that the significance of Black History in general, in the UK is very different to the US and obviously not really relevant in Africa.

African Americans have had a very different experience in regard to their understanding of Black history (historically) and the relevance and significance is arguably more relevant in the US than in the UK. This is because the AfroGlobal community in the UK are mainly second and third generation African and Caribbean, whereas African American history dates back much further and their understanding of black history could have been somewhat lost in translation.

Even though I personally feel that black history should be celebrated every day, I think that it is good for us to have an event that causes us to reflect and remember the achievements of our predecessors and an event that connects the wider AfroGlobal communities.

AfroGlobal is the term that we use to aid the connection of the wider African diaspora communities worldwide and we recognise that these AfroGlobal communities, are continuously evolving and changing, not just physically but also mentally and spiritually. We use and encourage the use of the term AfroGlobal, because this phrase has the capacity to capture and describe these communities as they evolve.

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Samantha Rockson

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