Black History Month

Blaenau Gwent Council will be raising the awareness of Black History Month this year, which will officially take place between Sunday 1st October until Tuesday 31st October, however celebrations in Wales have begun sooner.

This year, Black History Month will celebrate its 30th year in the UK and its 10 year anniversary in Wales. The origins of Black History Month (BHM) go back to 1926 to recognise and celebrate key people in the abolishment of slavery (Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln).

BHM in the UK emerged as a result of the American celebrations, to mark the beginning of the new academic year organised by Akyaaba Addai Sebbo, coordinator of Special Projects at the Greater London Council.
Black History Month Wales (BHMW) encourages the wider community to take part, learn, celebrate together, promote understanding and share global history.

BHM Wales acknowledges the contributions made by black people in local, national and world history and culture, by delivering an informative educational and celebratory programme annually during the month of October. Wales arguably hosts one of the first truly multi-cultural cities in the world, where numerous nationalities have lived side-by-side in harmony for many decades.

Please visit to learn more about the BHM, and join in celebrations using the social media hashtag #BHMWales10.