Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

Black History Month has been celebrated widely for many years honouring the achievements, culture, and the history of black people.

In Southwark, Black History Month has been recognised for over 20 years with a month long programme of exciting and inspirational events and workshops. Every year throughout October people, schools, libraries, groups and organisations host events and get involved with the celebration of black history.

Black History Month events

Throughout the month there are lots of events taking place, one being the:

Southwark Heritage Open Evening - 18 Oct

Southwark’s history is told through surviving documents, audio, film clips and photographs. This is a chance to meet some of Southwark borough’s historic treasures, find out what you can learn from them and even discover how you can help tell the story of Southwark’s diverse places and people by donating items to the archive.

Join the event and fill gaps in the collection with your own items that shed light on Black communities in Southwark and their experiences, e.g. Black-owned small businesses, new social clubs and community organisations for African immigrant communities.

Time: 5pm - 7pm
Venue: Local History Library and Archive,
211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA (at the back of the John Harvard Library)

You can view all the latest events in the Black History Month brochure.

The history behind BHM

Black History Month (BHM) originated in the United States of America, where it is celebrated in February each year.

It started in 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor for thirty years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. Its purpose in America was to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of African Americans in keeping alive their heritage, traditions and histories.

Find out more

To find out more take a look at Southwark Council's website here.