So October is almost over and this month was officially UK Black History Month. A month that aims to promote and celebrate the contributions of black people to British society, and to create an understanding of black history in general.
Throughout history there have been plenty of black unsung heroes, and where I’m from I was never taught about these fantastic people. As we have gone through the month I thought it would be cool to read up on some of these heroes — here are my findings:
US historian Carter G Woodson
The man dubbed ‘the father of black history’, who was also a son of slaves. “If a race has no history,” he said, “it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”
His idea initially started as a week that paid homage to people of importance and events from the African diaspora, which later led to what we know today as Black History Month.
A three-time Grammy Award nominee, Joan was the first ever female UK artist to be nominated for a Grammy in the blues category. Having moved to Birmingham at the age of 14 and taught herself to play guitar, she had very tough teenage years. She left school to support her family and lost her first job, but she still went on to become the first black British singer songwriter to enjoy international success. She received honorary degrees from seven UK universities and the University of the West Indies.
The first black solo British headliner at Glastonbury Festival. Stormzy also performed at the festival wearing a piece specially made for him by famous artist Banksy.
Stormzy has contributed many things to UK black history, such as paving the way for younger black males who aspire to be a part of music, and his provision of paid scholarships to universities such as Cambridge.
So that’s it for this week guys, I hope I have given you a little insight to some of the things I’ve learned from this month. Thank you!