Black History Month takes place this October in the UK. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of being designated a specific time to celebrate my culture because it feels as though we are being separated from the rest of society. We’ve been given an appointed month to remember where we’ve come from but I, like a lot of people, have preferred to study and celebrate the many struggles and successes of my race at my own self-appointed time.
It’s Black History Month, anyway.
There are a lot of black people in the world who are either unaware of their history, their origin or even key people who can be looked upon as reasons to be proud. Many African-Americans are so disenfranchised from the past that they don’t even acknowledge the “African” part of their description.
In school in the UK, I was never taught anything beyond the Triangle Trade and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even then, it was only the bare minimum of either subject. You can’t blame people for being out of touch but there should be a desire to learn more about being black beyond listening to the latest Beyoncé album. Pick up an autobiography, read some poetry by Maya Angelou, maybe take a trip a museum. Do something.
Sorry. It’s not a good time. I’m baking in the living room of my house and I can’t open the windows to let in a breeze because we’ve lost the keys to the locks.
So… it’s the 51st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from Britain today.
Last year saw a few… disruptions to proceedings. Hopefully this year goes off without any incidents.
Celebrations will be taking place all over the world and it would be great to hear from people who are participating. Please leave a few impressions in the comments. I’m hoping to join family and experience it in the motherland in a few years when my two kids are older. It would be fantastic for them to see the country that their grandparents are from and to see how the happiest people in the world get down.
– Contributed by Elliott Odeh via TheBrotha Blog
- BHM + Nigeria’s 51 Today (thebrotha.wordpress.com)
- Sankofa with Mia Morris of Black History Month.co.uk (themochalife.wordpress.com)
- How to teach Black History Month (guardian.co.uk)