Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated each year in October in the UK. The aim is for local communities to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about black history.

Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration to honour the too-often unheralded accomplishments of Black Britons throughout our history.

This year BHM UK has launched a new campaign to mark Black History Month 2021 in October. Inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events, the new campaign is called 'Proud To Be'. It will invite Black and Brown people of all ages throughout the UK to share what they are proud to be.

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Local events

Find out what is happening locally.

Essex Cultural Diversity Project

The Essex Cultural Diversity Project is supporting events and activities taking place across the county. These range from a project bringing together over a hundred of the placards created for the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Colchester last year to an art and sound installation at Tilbury docks dedicated to people of the Windrush Generation. 

Essex Libraries

Reading can be a powerful tool to build empathy. For 2021 Essex Libraries have created booklists to celebrate BAME authors and artists, and books to help people understand more about race, racism and experiences of racism. Borrow from their selection of recommended reads which include e-books and e-audio titles. There's a mix of fiction, non-fiction and titles for all ages including children and young adults. They have DVDs and e-comics too. Keep an eye on their YouTube channel and social media as they'll be sharing short reviews of some of these titles throughout the month.

Essex County Council BAME Network programme

Every year the Essex County Council BAME Network programme some excellent events for all to enjoy. This year events include In Conversation with Historian David Olusoga and Storyteller Alim Kamara, Black History Walks, and reading schemes. You can find more information in the  ECC BAMEN Black History Month Programme [15.1MB]

Essex Record Office

Essex Record Office have wide ranging collections recording the history of the county. Included are interviews created by Evewright Arts Foundation for their Caribbean Takeaway Takeover exhibition.  From 2017 to 2018, artist Everton Wright (EVEWRIGHT), staff, and volunteers of his art foundation recorded oral history interviews with 10 elders who moved to the UK from the Caribbean in the 1940s to 1960s. And they also have the earliest record of a Black individual in Essex dating from 1580!

BHM events

The BHM event creators have assembled a packed programme of events that inspire action, education, and awareness. You can find a handpicked cross-section of Black History Month events taking place across Essex on the BHM website.



Watch the BHM official video of resources 2021  - Proud to be - which aims to make Black History Month 2021 personal and unique to individuals, families and communities, focusing on how we're all making history all the time in our own ways, as well as the contributions and achievements of Black people throughout history.


Black History Month Resource Pack 2021 - Proud to be

The BHM team have put together a resource pack which includes some creative artwork posters as well as newly produced teaching materials (including lesson plans and teachers notes) for use in secondary schools from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4/5.


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To celebrate Black History Month, Cllr Louise Pepper,  the council's Portfolio Holder for Environment, Green Issues and Equalities has put together a selection of quotes from inspiring black people.

Icon for pdf Quotes for Black History Month [8.86MB]