Too often we take for granted the diversity and stories that have helped shaped Scotland’s history.
From the historic efforts of individuals and organisations who worked to abolish slavery, to the African, Caribbean and Asian people who have made Scotland’s culture immeasurably richer.
Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the black/minority ethnic men and women whose contributions have meant so much to Scotland for generations.
While exhibitions, walking tours, concerts and speaking events are taking place across Edinburgh and Glasgow throughout the month I’d encourage those who can’t attend to take a minute and celebrate the people who have triumphed against adversities of racism and inequality, yet are often forgotten or ignored from our history books.
Best of luck to everyone involved in this special month.
First Minister of Scotland