Black History Month

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

About Black History Month

How long until Black History Month?
This holiday next takes place in 341 days.
Dates of Black History Month
2022 United Kingdom Saturday, October 1stBlack History Month
2021 United Kingdom Friday, October 1stBlack History Month
2020 United Kingdom Thursday, October 1stBlack History Month
2019 United Kingdom Tuesday, October 1stBlack History Month
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.

Related Observances

Windrush Day

The arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948 heralded a new age of multiculturism in the UK.

Read More

Earth Day

More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Read More

Similar Observances

Windrush Day

The arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948 heralded a new age of multiculturism in the UK.

Read More
Explore more Diversity holidays

Other Observances on October 1st 2021

Día del Pasillo Ecuatoriano

Find out the dates, history and traditions of Día del Pasillo Ecuatoriano

Read More

International Raccoon Appreciation Day

They aren't good pets, but also they aren't total pests. Let's take a day to celebrate these adorable rascals.

Read More

World Smile Day

The creator of the smiley face started this holiday to devote one day a year to smiles and kind acts.

Read More

Fire Pup Day

Firepup is a friendly Dalmatian cartoon character, who makes learning about fire and burn prevention and life safety issues, fun, entertaining, and non-threatening.

Read More
All events on October 1st 2021