Black History Month

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Black History Month around the world in 2021
St. Paul's Cathedral from the Millennium Bridge, London. Image via Piaxabay

About Black History Month

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Dates of Black History Month
2022 United KingdomOct 1
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2021 United KingdomOct 1
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2020 United KingdomOct 1
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2019 United KingdomOct 1
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Summary
October is Black History Month in UK

After visiting America in the 1970s, Ghanaian-born Akyaaba Addai Sebo, a special projects officer at the Greater London Council, founded the UK's version of Black History Month in 1987.

There are two reasons thought to be behind why Black History Month is celebrated in October in the UK.

Traditionally, October is when African chiefs and leaders gather to settle their differences, so Akyaaba chose this month to reconnect with African roots.

Additionally, many thought that since it was the beginning of the new academic year, October would give black children a sense of pride and identity.

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