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Black History Month - October 2021

Last updated on 07 October 2021

Black History Month is an annual monthly celebration of the achievements of Black communities and the remembrance of Black history across the world. It was first celebrated in the UK in 1987 and takes place throughout October. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of Black history, traditions and contribution through celebration, events and education.

This year the theme for Black History Month’s celebrations is “Proud To Be…” which is inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events. The campaign aims to make Black History Month 2021 personal and unique to individuals, families and communities, focusing on how we’re all making history all the time in our own ways, as well as celebrating the contributions and achievements of Black people throughout history.

Below is a free HfL BHM resource, which you may wish to use and share with colleagues.

If you haven’t already, you may find it helpful to visit this dedicated site:

Black History Month

The HfL Wellbeing Team can offer tailor-made training and consultancy on: becoming an anti-racist school; unconscious bias; addressing racist incidents; prejudice and stereotypes; equalities training; and facilitating focus groups (parents, governors and staff).

We now have a dedicated member of staff, Toks Olusamokun - Race Equality Adviser, who can support you on your journey. Please contact her at for more details.