Black History Celebration

BHM at St Elizabeth


Black History Month (BHM) / African History Month (AMH) is held every October in Britain and February in USA and Canada.

The aims are to:

  • promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage
  • disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society
  • heighten the confidence and awareness of black people in relation to their cultural heritage.

The origins of BHM go back to 1926, when Carter G Woodson, editor for 30 years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. It is still celebrated there in February each year.

In Britain, the BHM now regularly includes more than 6,000 events.


Here is a list of what each class did:

Year Focus
Nursery African Patterns
Reception African Music
Year 1 Floella Benjamin – actress, writer
Year 2 Elizabeth Coleman – aviator
Year 3 Mo Farah – sportsman
Year 4 Malorie Blackman – writer
Year 5 George Washington Carver – scientist
Year 6 Barack Obama/Martin Luther King – president