To become the leading independent body documenting and celebrating Black British achievements in the UK by encouraging African and Caribbean heritage peoples, to learn together about their shared history and to share this with each other and the widen UK population.
Who are we?
International Black History Month (IBHM) is run by group of volunteers who are passionate about celebrating and promoting Black British History.
We are a social enterprise organisation, and all monies raised are used to support the event and administration of the organisation.
We want to reclaim Black History Month UK and return it back to its original ethos of educating people on the achievements and contributions African and Caribbean heritage peoples have made to the UK’s history and culture.
We champion Black British voices and are one of the main custodians of documenting Black British history.
Why we do it?
Black History Month UK was the brainchild of Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, a special projects officer at the Greater London Council. He wanted to boost the self-esteem of Black British children and young adults by educating on them on the achievements of Black people living in the UK.
Taking inspiration from Black History Month (also known as African-American History Month) in the United States. The first official event took place on 1st October 1987 at County Hall. The keynote speaker was ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) deputy leader Bernard Wiltshire and presentations were made by American historian Dr Maulana Karenga and Kenyan women’s activist Wanjiru Kihoro.
It has since evolved into a national movement that is observed throughout the UK. International Black History Month is also recognised in Ireland and Netherlands in October and Canada in February.