When I was asked to explain why Black History Month is important and what it means to me, the first thought that popped into my mind was excitement.
I’ve been given a platform to discuss something I’m passionate about and can share with others. This was quickly followed by nervousness: how am I going to be able to summarise the scale of why Black History Month is so important to me on a single page?
And I suppose that’s where I want to start. Black History Month is not something that needs to fit onto a single page nor is Black history something to fit into a single month.
There is a misconception that Black history began with slavery and ended with the civil rights movement in the 1960s, or at least this is all I was taught at school.
Black history has spanned millennia – the first modern human