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Black History Month is marked throughout the month of October in the UK.
In the UK, Black History Month was first marked in October 1987, as part of African Jubilee Year.
This year’s theme is “Proud to Be”, which Black History Month UK magazine says is “inspired by the 2020 Black Lives Matter events”.
People are being encouraged to share what they are proud of on social media.
Catherine Ross, editor at Black History Month UK, said: “It’s been a challenging time for many black and brown people, with so much in the media about racism, inequality and injustice.
“We wanted the theme of Black History Month 2021 to focus on celebrating being black or brown, and to inspire and share the pride people have in their heritage and culture – in their own way, in their own words.
“By asking people to share what they are Proud to Be we can share both individual stories and the vast richness of diversity that black and brown people bring to the UK.
“Black Lives Matter means people being able to live life to the fullest without having to compromise who they are. Everyone deserves the right to be Proud to Be everything they are and want to be in life.”
This year we will be celebrating Black History Month in the following ways: