Hannah Yusuf, Campus Officer for CU London, talks about what makes Black History Month so special.
The theme of this year's Black History Month is "Saluting Our Sisters" which shines a spotlight on the often-overlooked achievements of Black women who have played an integral role in shaping our world.
Black History Month is more than just a month of events and celebrations; it is an opportunity to inspire and empower future generations, acknowledging the profound impact Black history and culture have on our society.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month (BHM) in the UK has been celebrated for over 30 years, originally founded as a movement to recognise the contributions of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds. Now the celebration has expanded to include the history, achievements, and contributions of all black people. Black History month is recognised nationally every October and internationally across other months.
The month is a time for celebration, recognition and reflection and the Students Union would like to invite you to engage with our programme of resources, events and knowledge. Build on your understanding of Black History Month, recognise key figures across history and find out about campaigns, movements, events, and how you can get involved.
But what does Black History Month, and this year's theme, "Saluting Our Sisters," mean to our community?
Dr. Maxine Pryce-Miller: “My heritage is who I am, and knowing the past opens the door to the future. I am very proud of my achievements and the woman I am today.”
Dr. Maxine Pryce-Miller, a Nursing Associate Professor and Curriculum Lead, encapsulates the essence of BHM. Her words remind us that our past, our heritage, is not something to be forgotten, but rather a source of strength and inspiration for the future. As we salute our sisters this year, we acknowledge the remarkable achievements of Black women who have paved the way for future generations.
Events Dedicated to Black History Month in London
In London, the heart of cultural diversity, Black History Month is celebrated with a vibrant array of events and activities. Students can also take part in London-based Black Lives Matter social events happening during October 2023 on Eventbrite.
We have a load of events on our "Upcoming Events" page, find out more here!
Check out some official BHM activities and news on the national Black History Month pages.
BHM is a time to remember the struggles and triumphs of those who came before us, to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of the Black community, and to stand united in the fight for equality and justice. It's a month to honor the unsung heroes who have made a profound impact on our society.