October has arrived, meaning that Black History Month is here. Not many people agree that there should be a black history month, as they think black history should be celebrated every day of the year.
If we forget about our identity, heritage, and culture, as Mr Freeman proposed, we will be westernised. For a person to dismiss their ethnicity/ race, to me, it is like pulling your eyeballs out of your head – as it is a part of you. It is a part of your identity. Identity is the reason why black history month was launched in the United Kingdom on the 1st of October 1987.
The African Summer Festival was another great event, which took place in August. Afrobeats artists Fuse Odg and Parisian-born Nigerian songwriter Asa both gave a magnificent performance. There were loads of stylish and beautiful African attire being sold such as headscarves, dresses, and bags.
Africa On The Square is coming up on the 10th October 2015 and will have some market stalls, talent shows, live music, and DJs such as Capital Xtra’s Abrantee playing tunes for all.
We as a community have the responsibility to educate our offspring and ourselves about our culture. Yes, black history shouldn’t only be celebrated in the month of October, but what’s the harm in keeping the month? Some people are not conscious of black history, or are unsure of where to start their research. Black History Month is a good source for them to get information and to learn about our beautiful; and at times tragic history.