Black History Month takes place in October every year and is an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of Black people in the UK.

People from many different backgrounds come together during this month to celebrate the positive role of Black people in shaping our communities.

The aims of Black History Month are to:

  • promote knowledge and understanding of Black History and culture, both nationally and in Bristol
  • acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by Black people to the cultural and economic development of the UK

The World Reimagined 2022

Bristol is one of seven host cities for a national art project to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Enslavement of Afrikans and its impact on all of us.

Artists, local schools and communities will be involved in a sculpture trail around the city.

Find out more on The Word Reimagined website.

For more information and how to get involved, email cleo.lake@theworldreimagined.org

Black History Month 2022 events

These will be listed here from September 2022.

Bristol Museum events

Bristol Museums also have a series of events and online talks. To book your free place visit Bristol Museums website.

Explore other Black History Month events

For details of more events in Bristol to mark Black History Month, visit the Black History Month website.

You can also read a digital copy of Bristol's Black History Month 2021 magazine.

West of England Black Interns pilot  

This year Bristol city Mayor's office launched a new internship programme in the region called the West of England Black Interns pilot.

The scheme provides four weeks paid work experience for black and mixed heritage students with Hargreaves Lansdown coordinating the recruitment and placement of interns.  

The initiative is a cross sector internship programme, offering Black students living or studying in the West of England the opportunity to gain valuable work experience within an organisation.

Hear more about the pilot from Councillor Asher Craig on Youtube.  

Bristol's Black History resources

Bristol's Black History: learn more about Black history in this city, with stories compiled by the Bristol Museums Black History Steering Group.

Bristol and Transatlantic Slavery. Origins, impact and legacy: A new textbook for secondary schools.

Together Bristol Museums and Bristol History teachers have supplemented the existing curriculum about Bristol's links to slavery. This so that schoolchildren in Bristol have a better chance of fully understanding this part of Bristol's story. 

The origins of Black History Month 

In 1926, Carter G Woodson established African Caribbean celebrations in America where Black History Month is still celebrated each February.

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.

Black History Month has since grown in the UK, where over 6,000 events take place each year.