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February 2023 - Black History Month

Updated: May 30, 2023

Throughout February, Black History Month will be taking place in the United States and Canada. This is an annual celebration of the achievements made by African and Caribbean cultures in the past and the present - while also looking to address issues surrounding racism and discrimination to pave the path towards a more tolerant and peaceful future.

Black History Month is also observed in several nations throughout various months. For the UK and Ireland, this would be in October.

History of Black History Month

Black History Month (or National African American History Month) is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time to recognise their central role in U.S. history. It was first proposed by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans as Negro History Week in 1926, with its purpose being to focus attention on America's rich cultural heritage that goes beyond slavery and civil rights struggles. In 1976, it was expanded into the current form of Black History Month.

Black History Month is a noteworthy time for all of us; not just because we get to learn more about our shared history but because it’s an opportunity for us all—regardless of race—to come together in celebration and appreciation of the accomplishments made by African Americans and African Caribbeans throughout history, as it's an opportunity for all of us to share our own stories.

As the theme for this year is "Black Innovation", let us delve into the stories of two innovators that strived for change...

Illustration of Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou
Illustration of Rosa Parks (Left) and Maya Angelou (Right)

Rosa Parks [1913 – 2005]

Maya Angelou [1951 – 2014]


Discussion points for Equality and Diversity

  • What positive characteristics do we attribute to race?

  • When were you first aware of your race?

  • How has race affected your life, so far?

  • Do you have a person of colour that inspires you?

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