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Black History Month

Black line drawing on olive green background of hands with glowing yellow fingernails braiding long plaits of hair
Black line drawing on olive green background of hands with glowing yellow fingernails braiding long plaits of hair
Image: Sandy Christ, 2022 MA Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL

Join us as we celebrate the history, culture and contribution of the Black community - including our students, staff and alumni.

Black History Month (BHM) takes place in October across the UK and is an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and share the outstanding contributions of the Black community. It's also a time for reflection and to raise awareness of Black history and heritage.

Check out our BHM resources from around UAL.

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Origin of BHM

BHM was founded in the UK in 1987 by Akyaaba Addai Sebo. He was inspired by the civil rights movement in the US, where BHM was born in 1969.

Akyaaba's initial goal was to help build a sense of identity among Black people in the UK. He also wanted to help communities challenge racism and learn about the British history that wasn't taught in schools.

It's important to educate ourselves about often unsung Black history to help dispel negative stereotypes. BHM is a time to celebrate and share the culture of Black people and inspire and instil pride.