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Black History Month 2023

05 October 2023

Books on shelves

October is Black History Month. Black History Month has become an important date in the UK’s cultural calendar; providing an opportunity for everyone to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. 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.

Learn more about Black History Month.

Saluting our Sisters

This year, the theme of Black History Month is ‘Saluting our Sisters’. The campaign highlights contributions of black women throughout history and pays homage to those who have had their contributions ignored and voices silenced; whilst recognising the barriers that black women continue to face today.  You can read more about this on the Black History Month website.

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Libraries across the county will have specially selected book displays throughout the month, to celebrate Black History Month. Herefordshire Libraries will be following the 'Saluting our Sisters theme' and  recommending novels by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Zadie Smith, Bernadine Evaristo, Abi Dare, Yaa Gyasi, Alice Walker and Maya Angelou and non-fiction includes Michelle Obama, Munroe Bergdorf, Alex Scott.  Find your local library is here.

Virtual events throughout the year can be found on Eventbrite. Interesting events over the coming month include ‘Birthing in Colour’,  ‘Supporting Your Black Child Through the British School System’ and ‘Black British History: Where Now, Where Next’

Black History Month Resource packs are available to order online.

Explore the Black History Month UK Reading List.

Visit the BBC Iplayer website for a collection of programmes exploring black history and culture.



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