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  • The theme of 'Saluting our Sisters' highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities

    Join Us in ‘Saluting Our Sisters’ #salutingoursisters #blackhistorymonth2023 Black History Month is a momentous occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society. It also serves as an opportunity to inspire and empower future generations. This year, Black History Month will be dedicated to honouring the achievements of black women who are often the forgotten heroines. We want to amplify their voices and challenge the systems that oppress them.

    Black people have always been at the forefront of social justice movements, fighting against oppression and paving the way for change. However, despite their countless contributions to society, the achievements of black women, in particular, have too often been overlooked or forgotten. That is why, this year, we will be joining the celebrations and celebrate the exceptional achievements of black women.

    Be inspired by an exceptional group of women in this collection of films and stories. Each of the Black women featured here have made a special mark on their communities and the world. Explore Inspirational Women with PBS. Get to know these 11 women, their acclaimed works, and trailblazing lives. Check out this link to be inspired


    Black History Month, is a yearly, month long celebration of black heritage, history and culture.

    It began in America in 1926 when historian and 'father of black history' Carter G Woodson (PIC)  and the association for the study of Negro Life andCarter G Woodson History, declared that the second week of February to be "Negro History Week" the date was chosen because it coincided with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and the abolitionist Fredrick Douglass.  It was initially met with opposition from many racist groups, but over the decades popularity and awareness grew, and in 1970 it was recognised by US President Gerald Ford as what we know today as Black History Month', he said:

    Why do the UK celebrate in October? 

    Historians argue that black British history has a different meaning to the history of the US. October was chosen because it coincided with the 150th anniversary of  the Caribbean Emancipation. First celebrated in 1987 it celebrated the unique and lived experiences of the nations African - Caribbean population. 

    Action Not Words

    We strive to live in a equal world, with no hate and no racism, to recognise and celebrate each others cultures, achievements and advancements. Not only that, but to recognise the importance of the contributions made by the Afro Caribbean community that have been too often overlooked in past history text and teachings. Its time for change.  

    Would you Share Your Journey with us: If you know of anyone who has inspired you that might be willing to share their story, please get in touch with us in Student Services. We would love to hear the stories of journeys lived through our student or staff body - real life stories can be so inspiring, so let us know if you are willing to share. or use the hash tags #salutingoursisters #blackhistorymonth2023 and celebrate a college friend or family member.  

    • Black History Month 2022, Dig Deep, Look Closer, Think Bigger

    • Black History Month is the perfect opportunity to recognise and reflect on the ongoing contributions that people of African and Caribbean descent have made to history. This year, Capel Manor College is highlighting key figures making a difference in the land-based sector.

    • IBHM website: 

      We want to reclaim Black History Month UK and return it back to its original ethos of educating people on the achievements and contributions African and Caribbean heritage peoples have made to the UK’s history and culture.

      ​​We champion Black British voices and are one of the main custodians of documenting Black British history.

    • Discover cultural events celebrating Black communities, culture and history during Black History Month 2022 in London, throughout October.

      What's on during Black History Month 2022?

      The line-up of Black History Month 2022 activities include insightful talks, foodie events and celebrations of music and culture across the capital click the link for more details.