Black History Month 2023 is a momentous occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society.
October marks the start of Black History Month UK – a time to celebrate and remember African and Caribbean heritage peoples' achievements and contributions to the British economy, culture, and history.
Historic England are celebrating 31 Places Connected to Black British History and the accomplishments of those associated with them, including a Plaque to Anna Maria Vassa at St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton. The plaque, dated 1797, commemorates Anna Maria Vassa, daughter of Olaudah Equiano, a former enslaved person and one of England's most effective campaigners for abolition.
Liturgical Resources for Black History Month are available from the Church of England, and include Services of the Word, a Eucharistic service, Prayers of Lament and of Commission, and links to further resources for Bible studies, youth work, Messy Church, and music.
International Black History Month in the UK are challenging all supporters to celebrate Black British History in a different way each day of October with their 31 ways to celebrate Black History Month UK.
International Black History Month in the UK resources are following the theme 'Before Windrush' - an exploration of the lives and stories of the Black Britons who were living in the UK before the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948, including a Black British History Timeline, guide to Plaques & Statues, Black Briton Firsts and .Black British History Quizzes
Black History Month resources are dedicated to honouring the achievements of black women who are often the forgotten heroines. Under the theme ‘Saluting our Sisters’, this year's celebration highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities.