Black History Month is a time to reflect on the achievements and contributions of black people throughout history. This month, we take a look at the history of Black History Month in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Black History Month in the United Kingdom
In the United Kingdom, black history month is celebrated in October. The first UK black history month was in 1988 and since then it has been celebrated annually. The UK’s first black MP, Keith Vaz, initiated the idea of a UK black history month.
Black history month in the United Kingdom is focused on celebrating the achievements of black people and highlighting their contributions to society. There are events taking place throughout the country to celebrate black history and culture. Some of the events include a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech at Westminster Abbey, a film festival about the lives of black historical figures, and a day of remembrance for victims of racism.
Black History Month in Ireland
On the 3rd of February each year, people all around the world celebrate Black History Month. This month-long celebration commemorates the many achievements and contributions of black people throughout history. In Ireland, Black History Month is celebrated in a similar way to how it is celebrated elsewhere in the world. There are events and activities organised in schools, community centres, and other venues to commemorate the rich history of black people in Ireland.
One of the most famous black people from Ireland is Patrick Pearse, who was instrumental in organising the Easter Rising in 1916. Pearse was sentenced to death for his involvement in this rebellion, but he and his comrades were ultimately executed by British forces. Other well-known black figures from Ireland include Daniel O’Connell, who was one of the founders of Irish Free State; James Connolly, who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising; and Nelson Mandela, who was a key figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
Black History Month in the Netherlands
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about black history month in the Netherlands. This year, the Netherlands celebrates its 40th anniversary of the proclamation of Black History Month.
The first time black history was recognized as an official Dutch holiday was in 1979. The Netherlands was one of the last European countries to do so. Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain followed suit in 1985.
Today, Black History Month is celebrated throughout the Netherlands with events and cultural programming in schools and elsewhere. The Dutch Foundation for Black Culture (DGBK) organizes various events throughout the country. For example, on February 8th, they’re sponsoring a daylong conference at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw entitled “From Slavery to Citizenship: The African Diaspora in the Netherlands”. There will also be performances by South African artists such as Die Antwoord and trombonist Barry Harris.
There are also numerous exhibitions and monuments Dedicated to black Dutch history, like Amsterdam’s monument to South African poet Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or Utrecht’s monument to humorist Vashti Bunyan.
How to celebrate Black History Month
In the United Kingdom, Black History Month is celebrated from February to March each year. The month-long celebration encompasses a variety of events and activities, including lectures, exhibitions and cinema screenings. In Ireland, Black History Month is observed from October to November each year. The month-long celebration encompasses a variety of events and activities, including lectures, exhibitions and cinema screenings. In the Netherlands, Black History Month is celebrated from September to October each year. The month-long celebration encompasses a variety of events and activities, including lectures, exhibitions and cinema screenings.
Today is Black History Month, and as we celebrate the amazing achievements of black people throughout history, let us also take a moment to remember all of the struggles and injustices that have been faced by our community. We must continue to work together to make progress in the fight for equality, and Black History Month is an important way of doing just that. Here in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and The Netherlands, we are committed to celebrating black culture while also working tirelessly towards making sure that everyone – regardless of race or ethnicity – enjoys their right to freedom and justice. Thank you for joining us in this celebration!