Black History Month is an annual event that is formally recognised by the Government and highlights the contributions Africa and African peoples make to the economic, social and political landscape of London and the wider UK.
Many years ago black people were treated as outcasts from society but now, in the modern world there are so many opportunities available in many different areas.
But why October? October is crucial to the African calendar because of the autumn equinox and the period of harvest. It is also celebrated as a month of tolerance and a time when we can learn from the past. October is also crucial in the UK as the start of the school year so it is assumed that young people, are more likely to be keen to learn all about black history in October.
Black History Month offers activities, theatrical performances, storytelling, comedy and events taking place throughout the country with the aim of bringing together all communities in celebration of black history.
To mark Black History Month, Gallery Oldham is currently exhibiting ‘ Forward to Freedom’ an exhibition which tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid.
The exhibition is part of an education project set up by the Anti-Apartheid Archives Committee that includes an archival website and learning resources. The exhibition also features photographs and documents from our collections of Oldham’s Anti-Apartheid Movement.
Gallery Oldham is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm