While Black History Month occurs in October, there is no reason for the appreciation of black culture and history to be limited to just one month. The theme for this year’s BHM is Time for Change: Action not Words. Although October is over, far too often are we stopping celebrations there. This is the year for change, and we should continue to be appreciative of how black culture has changed our lives. Here are a couple of ways how you can celebrate black history after Black History Month has finished:
Recognize that British history includes black history. There are many historical black figures that have played pivotal parts in black history, from the rise of the British Empire to present day.
Observe both the high and low points of the black experience and their impacts on today. After recognizing how much of a presence the black community has had on British history, it’s clear to see the influences they have had on society today. However, there have also been low points in the black history. Most notably, the racial injustices still prevalent in British society today against the Black community, giving rise to the BLM movement.
Learn how to be an antiracist. Despite the rise of the BLM movement, racial injustices are still prevalent among the British community. It is important now more than ever to combat these injustices until they have been fully eradicated. This fight is much longer than the month of October, so we must continue to rise against it.
Find ways to amplify black voices. The best way to learn more about black culture is from the black community itself. Ideas are being spread around all over the media, and ideas from the black community are no exception. With racial hate being such a prominent force throughout history and today, it is important to combat that hate with antiracist actions and support.
The end of Black History Month does not signal the end of celebrating the Black community nor other ethnic minority groups as they all serve to diversify Britain. Lastly, don’t forget South Asian history month in July. Stay tuned for more posts on how to celebrate Britain’s diversity.