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Black History Month 2022

05 October 2022

Black History Month celebrates and promotes the enormous contribution black Britons have made to society and fosters an understanding of Black history in general.

It was created in 1926 by Carter G Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator and publisher.

Today Black History Month has become an important date in the cultural calendar of many of the UK’s museums, galleries and local authorities.

Black History Month is a way of reflecting on the diverse histories of those of African and Caribbean descent, taking note of the achievements and contributions to the social, political, economic and cultural development of the UK.

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This year's theme is 'Time for Change: Action Not Words'.

To get to a better tomorrow, we can’t just focus on the past. The past is in the past. We can acknowledge and learn from it, but to improve the future, we need action, not words. We need to come together around a shared common goal to achieve a better world for everyone.

This year’s Black History Month in October is more important than ever. It’s not just a month to celebrate the continued achievements and contributions of Black people to the UK and around the world. It’s also a time for continued action to tackle racism, reclaim Black history, and ensure Black history is represented and celebrated all year round.

Take a look what's on

Virtual events throughout the year can be found on Eventbrite.

Locally, the Courtyard in Hereford are holding a viewing of the film the harder they come on Saturday 29th October. Find out more.

Listen and watch

Think about simple, small changes you can make to diversify your perspective and understanding of experiences that you might not have been exposed to before. Pick a podcast or documentary to enjoy...​

Podcasts:

Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to the present day

Professor Gretchen Gerzina explores a largely unknown past, the lives of black people who settled in Britain in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Comedian Twayna Mayne explores her identity as a black British woman. Along with stand-up in front of a live audience, she chats to other women about their shared experiences.

  • About Race, Apple podcasts

Acclaimed author Reni Eddo-Lodge, who wrote the bestselling book ‘Why I’m no longer Talming to White People About Race’ recorded her podcast About Race to take this conversation a step further

A fascinating podcast the cover the full historial tapestry of the African Diaspora with tales about everything from African Samurai to pistol-wielding poets

Documentaries

• 13th (Netflix)
• Becoming (Netflix)
• Black is King (Disney +)
• Black Power: A British Story of Resistance (iplayer)
• I Am Not Your Negro (iplayer)
• John Lewis: Good Trouble (Now TV)
• Rise Up: The Movement that changed America (Now TV)
• Sidney (Apple TV)
• The Kalief Browder story (Netflix)
• The loss of Joy: Stephen the murder that changed a nation (iplayer)
• TOGETHER WE RISE: The Uncompromised story of GRM Daily (Youtube)

TV Shows

  • Atlanta (Disney Plus)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • Pose (BBC iplayer)
  • Self Made (Netflix)
  • Seven Seconds (Netflix)
  • When they see us (Netflix)