Black History Month

In 1926 the second week of February was declared “Negro History Week” in the United States. In 1976 the American government expanded this into an officially-recognised Black History Month. Read Barack Obama’s assessment of Rosa Park’s importance for her role in US civil rights, written when he was president.

In 1987 the idea was adopted in the UK, where it is now marked each October.

The month aims to promote knowledge and understanding of black history, culture and heritage. The month also celebrates the great contributions that generations of African and Caribbean people have made to British society. These include abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, Victorian Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole, composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and footballers Viv Anderson and Arthur Wharton.

Take a look at our selection of the best related activities and resources available to encourage your students to reflect on relevant issues found in our Black History Month archive.

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Download an assembly from TES on the key events of the Civil Rights movement.


  1. Racial prejudice is slowly declining in Britain. Discuss whether or not you think racial discrimination will ever be completely dissolved.
  2. Rosa Parks once said: “You must never be fearful of what you are doing as long as it is right.” Do you agree with this statement? Why?
  3. Research the life of a famous black person whom you admire and create a presentation about his or her life. Talk about the hardships which he or she has had to overcome and the impact he or she has had on the rest of the world.