Every October, Black History Month takes place across the UK and provides a time to educate, celebrate and raise awareness of the history, achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK and across the world, historically and today.
Black History Month 2020
Every year in October we celebrate Black History Month. This year we feel it is important to acknowledge the context of widespread Black Lives Matter anti-racism protests that have become a defining feature of 2020, and the ongoing discussion about how to tackle racism. We should be mindful of this as we enter Black History Month and beyond.
Black History Month 2020
This year we will be drawing on various themes such as literature, politics, art, sports, historical moments, and culture. We will be shining a light on the inspirational Black British figures within our society today.
We will continue to encourage visibility and representation. Without seeing figures in the public eye that mirror a part of your identity, it can be extremely difficult to apply for that role, reach for those achievements and become that person. While we can’t cover everything in one month, and we encourage your exploration of Black history to continue outside of October, we’ll be updating this page with various resources on some of the above topics.
Dig deeper, look closer, think bigger
In addition to the Black Lives Matter protests, the Covid-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the various complexities of longstanding social and racial inequalities in the UK. For more information on this you can read the Public Health England report by Professor Kevin Fenton.
The impact of these huge challenges directly affects the physical and mental wellbeing of the Black members of our community. Without a doubt this reinforces the urgency to discuss, tackle and confront the institutional and systemic racial structures within our society.
As a public organisation representing the diverse groups in Sheffield, we acknowledge the importance of taking full ownership and responsibility for striving for positive change.
20th - Off the Shelf Festival of Words, I’m Not Your Baby Mother – Candice Brathwaite in conversation with Désirée Reynolds, 7.30pm - 9pm, Online
22nd - Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Poetry and Prose – Selina Nwulu, Keisha Thompson and Irenosen Okojie, 6pm - 8pm, Online
23rd- Amalgam Network, Black Muslim Woman in Tech, 6pm, Online
26th - Writing on the Wall, Black History Month @Wow presents: The Art of Disruption with Magid Magid, 7pm - 8pm, Online
27th - Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Creative Writing for Bi-lingual Tongues – Warda Yassin, 11am - 12pm, Online
Off the Shelf Festival of Words, A Portable Paradise – Roger Robinson Plus Support: Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith & Georgie Woodhead, 7pm - 8.30pm, Online
29th - Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Black History in the Age of Black Lives Matter – David Olusoga in conversation with Colin Grant, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, Online
30th - BFI, Film Africa 2020, Online, Various dates and times through month
31st - Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Hive Young Writers’ Day: Young Actors & Writers Monologue Masterclass – John Rwoth-Omack, 11am - 1pm, Online
Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Kit de Waal In conversation with Désirée Reynolds, 6pm - 8pm, Online
All month and beyond
- 5th Nov - How can intersectionality further understanding on health inequalities? University of Sheffield, online, 3pm - 4.30pm.
- @BLMUK, The BLM Black History A-Z,
- Netflix https://www.netflix.com/gb/browse/genre/81299227?so=su
- BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00b8dvf
- Channel 4 https://www.channel4.com/collection/black-history-month
- ITV https://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/its-all-about-black-history-
- Sky https://www.sky.com/watch/black-history-month
- Online learning - Black History Month website
- Online learning for children - Cbeebies