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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Black History Month

Held every October in Britain, Black History Month was first introduced in London in 1987 through the Greater London Council, as a means for offering a sense of history, achievement and continuity within the black community.

In the same year, the African Jubilee Year Declaration was launched which called on local and national government authorities to recognise African contributions to the cultural, economic and political life of London and the UK. The declaration also called upon boroughs to implement their duties under the Race Relations Act 1976 and to strengthen their support against apartheid by requiring authorities to support and continue the process of naming monuments, parks and buildings reflecting the contributions of historical and contemporary heroes of African descent, thus giving positive affirmation to children and young people identity and self-worth.

Over the years, hundreds of local and national events have been organised across the UK in commemoration of Black History Month. It has also evolved into a celebration of cultural diversity, and has significantly contributed in promoting inclusion in the UK.

Details of Black History Month events open to all members of the University community can be accessed by clicking on the programme image at the right-hand side.

To explore our various Black History Month features, please click on the images below.

click here for the 2020 Black History Month Programme of events