As we step in October, once more we celebrate the history and legacy of Black communities, as well as recognising the contributions of BAME groups in our society.
In celebration of this, Calderdale Council will be lighting up Wainhouse Tower until Thursday 8 October, as a reflection on these outstanding contributions made in Calderdale and beyond. The Piece Hall is also lighting up to mark the national awareness month.
We would like to know how you are celebrating Black History Month and what events are happening in Calderdale. If you are aware of any such events, please let us know.
Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, where it is celebrated in February whereas in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.
It is a powerful reminder that we must not be blinkered by prejudice, instead we should strive to embrace our diversity, look past our differences into what makes us great, which is within the quintessence of being Human.