Welcome to this year’s National Black History Month

Welcome to this year’s National Black History Month. This October brings another year of inspiring and engaging events from across the country; each hoping to entertain, teach and involve you in creating another chapter in Black History.

Over the past twelve months, our community has grown thanks to your help and it means that you can find a complete list of events that are going on in your area.

For this year’s Black History Month our theme is about tackling conscious and unconscious bias, with messages from the Equality and Inclusion Champion; Lord Herman Ouseley and the creator of the 100 Great Black Britons list; Patrick Vernon going some way to show the effects of just how damaging bias against BAME communities truly is.

We have also taken some time to recognise the sporting greats from within our community who represented us and Great Britain at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. Older sporting heroes of old are remembered too and the iconic moments that surround them, such as the iconic image we were presented with on the podium at the 1969 Mexico games.

Also in this issue are the excellent Pulitzer winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks and the ‘Doyenne of Black British Publishing’, Magret Bubsy

Yet 2016 has also been a year of loss and we take a moment to remember “Mr Windrush” himself, Sam King, Muhammad Ali and the musical icon that was Prince.

With so much in this year’s edition, it promises to be the most exciting edition to date and I hope that you will agree.

If you have any thoughts or comments on this year’s magazine, I would be happy to hear from you, just send an email to omar@blackhistorymonth.org.uk and I hope that you too will have a fantastic October.

Happy Black History Month!

Omar Alleyne-Lawler