Black History Month
About Black History Month
We owe the concept of Black History Month to the son of former enslaved people, Dr. Carter G Woodson, an African American scholar, who noted that American history books largely ignored the Black American Population. You can find out more here.
The UK has a very different history of migration and diversity, and although there are clear parallels in the need to illuminate hidden histories in the UK and US, there was a need for an approach that fits the UK context. The first UK based Black History Month was organised in London in October 1987.
CRER has co-ordinated a uniquely Scottish Black History Month during October since 2001. This encompasses the history of African, Caribbean and Asian people in this country; people who often have a direct link with Scotland through slavery, colonialism and migration. Black History Month focuses on people whose sacrifices, contributions and achievements against a backdrop of racism, inequality and injustice are often forgotten about.
We know that one month is not enough. These stories are still largely absent from our history books and education system, and we campaign to change this every month of the year.