FOREWORD

Birmingham’s Black History Month has become an important feature of the City’s event calendar since the mid-1990s. As the most diverse Core City in the UK, Birmingham holds its diversity dear and the City Council is mindful of the need to reflect on its development, to learn new and inspiring stories, and include as many people as possible in considering the impact of black history on our identity in the 21st Century.

As the most diverse Core City in the UK, Birmingham holds its diversity dear and the City Council is mindful of the need to reflect on its development, to learn new and inspiring stories, and include as many people as possible in considering the impact of black history on our identity in the 21st Century. Birmingham City Council is proud to support the annual Black History Month each October and recognises that the city’s depth of character is due to the rich tapestry of life that our diverse communities gift all year round.

Throughout October, residents and visitors will be able to take part in various cultural activities which celebrate and explore our black history. We greatly encourage all communities to engage in Black History Month as a portal for developing lifelong partnerships and friendships and celebrating our black heritage together.

Congratulations must go to the partners and organisations involved in organising and coordinating the month’s activities across Birmingham. Our thanks, in particular, go to Blackstory Partnership, which includes Inspiring a New Generation, Recognize Black Heritage and Culture and Mykal Wassifa Brown CIC, who have compiled an exciting brochure of events including an online launch.

Councillor Jayne Francis

CABINET MEMBER FOR EDUCATION, SKILLS AND CULTURE