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Black History Month: What's It About?

October 1 marks the start of Black History Month in the UK. Here's all you need to know!

Beano Facts Team
Last Updated:  September 28th 2021

What is Black History Month exactly?

Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognises important events, achievements, and work by black people. In North America, it takes place in February, while in the UK, Ireland and Holland, it takes place in October. 

When did it start?

In 1915, historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson (pictured) and minister Jesse E. Moorland started an organisation now known as Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). It was set up document and champion black Americans and those of African heritage. From 1926, the group backed an annual history week which would take place every February, the month anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass was born (in 1818) . By 1976, it became a month-long celebration.

How can I take part?

There are many ways you can get involved. You can learn about important historical events and black icons like Rosa Parks, watch black history movies, research different black cultures or simply celebrate black personalities. You can find out how to celebrate Black History month here