Supporting Black History Month

Published: 07 October 2020

Neath Castle with Black History Month flag


October marks Black History Month, the annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK which has been celebrated for more than 30 years.

Black history month was first launched in London in the 1980s, where the aim was for the local community to challenge racism and educate themselves and others about the British history that was not taught in schools.

Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.

"In years gone by, October has been the only time of year when the UK talks about the achievements of Black people in Britain," says Catherine Ross guest editor of Black History Month 2020.

"Hopefully, the events of 2020 will be a catalyst for Black history to be shared much more widely - in museums, galleries, schools, universities, public spaces and communities."

The Black History Month flag will be in place at Neath Castle for the month of October.