Black history month is a result of a special program created by author and historian Carter G. Woodson to encourage the study of African American history which begun in February 1926.
The program was later expanded and renamed Black History Month. It was first celebrated in London in October 1987.
October is now nationally celebrated all over the country as Black History Month.
It is acknowledged nationally by organisations and individuals to commemorate history, achievements and ongoing contributions of black people in our society.
Black people have contributed to the UK invaluably but, unfortunately Black British history has been marginalised therefore Black History Month is not only still relevant, but necessary to all.
North Tyneside Branch celebrated by setting up a campaign stand at North Tyneside Quadrant Building on 24th Oct 19.
The stand contained various information about unions black activists such as Bill Morris, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Show Racism the Red Card etc. and Black Unison members SOG personal stories.
There was some interest, and people stopped and had a chat about Black History Month. They also read personal stories of Black Unison Members displayed on a board. We provided Unison materials to the visitors and pens to take away.
I felt that most people who came for a chat were positive about raising awareness with regards to racism in our society. Following current political climate this is becoming more essential.
There is still a long way to go to remove this appalling attitude and ensuring everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
Coleman Macha, Black Members Officer.