Birmingham City Council has proudly been supporting Black History Month since the mid-1990s – it has become an important feature of the City’s event calendar. 

Birmingham holds its diversity dear (we are the most diverse Core City in the UK) 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.   

Throughout October residents and visitors will be able to take part in various cultural activities. It will be a month of celebration, with vibrant and uplifting content, and a great opportunity to particularly engage and educate more young people in Black History Month.

In this 70th anniversary year of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to Britain, it is fitting that this year’s programme includes events connecting African and Caribbean communities through migration to Birmingham from post war to the modern day.

I congratulate the partners and organisations involved in organising and co-ordinating the month’s activities across Birmingham. Our thanks, in particular, go to Blackstory Partnership, which includes Inspiring a New Generation, Mykal Wassifa Brown CIC, PFG Consultancy and Recognise Black Heritage and Culture, who have compiled an exciting programme of events.

A number of other organisations across the City – including the University of Birmingham – are also supporting Black History Month with a series of events, and we applaud and welcome their contributions. 

I am confident this programme will appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests and hope that 2018 will be another successful year for this important initiative.


Councillor Jayne Francis

Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture