Black History Month

Maya Driver

Black History Month takes place in the UK in October and has been celebrated here for over 30 years now. It originally began in the States in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an historian who wanted to celebrate the history and acheivements of black people. Since moving to the UK its popularity has increased with more and more events being held every year. One of the biggest of these is the free London event, the Black History Festival, which takes place from 9th to 11th October.

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At the event there will be all kinds of entertainments including a drum workshop, circus performers, a hoola hoop competition, New Orleans jazz, a 50's jive workshop, comedy, contemporary dance and lots more. As well as the entertainments there will be workshops in the various marquees where you can learn about black history and sample different foods and drinks.

The festival takes place in Potter Field Park, which is near Tower Bridge and will be a fantastic combination of cuture, art, history, music and also some 'top secret' surprise appearances. Will you be visiting any Black History Month events? Do you know of any good ones that shouldn't be missed? Tell us about them by leaving a comment.