Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK, an event which has been celebrated nationally for over 30 years.

Black History Month in the UK was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.

We have pulled together some useful links to help you celebrate Black History Month this October;

CBeebies Newsround  page looks at the origins of Black History Month; the history of black people in the UK; the Black Lives Matter movement and British children’s experiences of racism in the UK today

This short article from BBC news looks at the unveiling of a stone commemorating Liverpool’s first black resident and Liverpool’s links to the transatlantic slave trade. 

National Archives has put together a virtual tour of six Liverpool landmarks with links to the slave trade.

Booktrust have produced a reading list of historical stories from Black History around the world.

For adults, National Museums Liverpool explores stories, interviews and features on Liverpool’s Black community. 

Plus we have updated and expanded our own book collections to support teaching Black History Month in schools.

We will update this page throughout October with further links to useful resources.