News; Articles; Black History Celebration
30 years ago the Inner London Education Authority instituted the first official Back History Month in the United Kingdom. The same year saw riots in Chapeltown, Leeds and the election of three Members of Parliament of African origin (Diane Abbot, Bernie Grant and Paul Boateng). Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Black History Month offerings in the British Isles were crafted as an umbrella to cover disparate and divergent sets of colonised or neo-colonised communities and cultures. It was not unusual to see Maltese storytelling, facepainting, ‘African’ drumming, Irish dancing and Chinese craft workshops all on the same bill.
S I Martin