Black History Month

Throughout October 2020 we celebrated Black History in Essex.

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 past year, the Black Lives Matter movement has had a massive impact around the world. Issues of race and racism have been brought to the forefront of many minds.

Ongoing events - black history and beyond

BHM might have gone but real change relies on the forging of communities and creating spaces for enlightening conversations to take place. Event creators are stepping up to make that happen with a packed programme of events that inspire action, education, and awareness.

Every week Eventbrite will be spotlighting a cross-section of events on that theme, from panel discussions with influential Black voices through to open mic poetry nights and decolonised history lectures.

You can join the latest events on Evenbrite.

How we celebrated

Black History Month 202 banner

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]

We promoted a number of local resources and also shared information about Black History Month on our Facebook page and via Twitter.