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Celebrating Black History Month

  • Written byInternal Communications
  • Published date01 October 2021
Petra Nogueira, BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development, London College of Fashion, 2021

Black History Month (BHM) takes place annually in October across the UK and is an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and share the outstanding contributions black people have made throughout history. It is also a time to spread awareness and understanding on the impact of black heritage and culture nationwide.

Founded by Akyaaba Addai Sebo in 1987, BHM originally began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Proud to be campaign

Launched by Black History Month UK magazine, the theme for this year’s campaign is 'Proud To Be'. Inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events, black people are being encouraged to share what they are proud to be. The campaign aims to make BHM 2021 personal and unique to individuals, families and communities, focusing on how history is continuously being made.


At UAL we celebrate the culture, creativity and resilience of our black students, staff, alumni and partners throughout BHM and beyond. During October, we’ll be highlighting black history including useful resources and materials, artwork from our black students and online events.

We’ll also be shouting out black people who have influenced, inspired and made a positive impact on our students, so keep an eye out on our Instagram stories to take part and use #UALBHM if you take pictures at any of our events.

If you would like to contribute to our BHM celebration in any way please email

Upcoming events

Check out our Arts SU’s Black History Month 2021 programme and Social Programme events listing for all upcoming BHM events.


Take a look at some useful resources and links below:

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