Long awaited Black History Month 2023 but before we celebrate our sisters this year, there are few facts about Black History Month everyone needs to know.
So this year what are the 5 facts about Black History Month 2023?
- Carter G. Woodson, often referred to as the “Father of Black History,” created Black History Month. He was notably the second African American to graduate from Harvard University with a doctorate degree, and is credited with being one of the first scholars to study and research the history of African Americans.
- The first successful open-heart surgery was performed in 1893 by a black surgeon named Dr. Daniel Hale Williams.
The first Britons were dark skinned
Black History Month(BHM) in the UK is an annual celebration that has evolved over time, aiming to promote and recognize the contributions, struggles, and achievements of individuals with African and Caribbean heritage in British society. This month-long event, which takes place every October, plays a pivotal role in educating the public about the diverse history and cultural richness of the African diaspora in Britain.
BHM in the UK has come a long way since its introduction in 1987, shortly after the abolition of the GLC. Initially, the focus was primarily on American history, including the transatlantic slave trade and the US civil rights movement. However, over the years, the scope has broadened to encompass a wider range of stories, experiences, and achievements of Black individuals in British history. This ofcourse didn’t come on a platter of gold as alot of work has been put in by both sung and unsung Black heroes.
One of the fundamental aims of Black History Month is to fill the gaps in mainstream education and promote a more inclusive understanding of history. Prior to the event’s establishment, the contributions of Black Britons were largely overlooked in the curriculum. Black History Month seeks to rectify this by highlighting the significant role Black individuals have played in shaping the country’s cultural, social, Health and political landscape. By doing so, it fosters a sense of pride and empowerment among individuals of African and Caribbean heritage.
Black History Month also plays a crucial role in recognizing and celebrating the pioneers of British Black history. These unsung heroes, whose stories may have otherwise been overlooked or forgotten, are given the spotlight they deserve. From activists and scholars to artists and musicians, their contributions have left an indelible mark on society, inspiring future generations to strive for excellence and social change.
This year, has seen a lot of Blacks progressing alot more than was recorded previously. In today’s world, blacks are seen, identified for good and welcomed which has birthed black mentors for younger lads coming right up. Currently, with the powerful list of UK’s most influential black people, there’s almost a black in every sector.
2023 list unveiled the likes of Sir Lenny, 64, Idris Elba, 50, as well as 29-year-old rapper Stormzy, UK Cyber Security Council chief Simon Hepburn and footballer Marcus Rashford.
Idris Elba is a name that resonates with excellence in the entertainment industry. With his charismatic presence and diverse talents, he has captivated audiences around the world. Idris Elba born on September 6, 1972, in London, England, had a humble upbringing. He was raised in East London by his Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother; a multicultural heritage that would later influence his work and identity.
Elba’s journey into the world of entertainment began in the realm of music which many may not be aware of. He is an accomplished DJ and has performed at various clubs and festivals under the moniker “DJ Big Driis.” His passion for music led to a parallel career in the industry, releasing albums and singles that showcases his love for genres like hip-hop and house.
While his musical talents are impressive, Idris Elba truly gained global recognition as an actor as well. His breakout role came in the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” where he portrayed the iconic character Stringer Bell. This role displayed his acting prowess and set the stage for a remarkable acting career. Today, one cannot discuss Idris Elba’s acting career without mentioning “Luther.” This British crime drama series showcases Elba’s exceptional skills as he played the role of DCI John Luther, a brilliant yet tormented detective. His portrayal earned him critical acclaim and numerous awards, including a Golden Globe.
Elba’s versatility as an actor is evident in his ability to seamlessly transition between genres and characters. He has graced the big screen with roles in major Hollywood productions like “Thor,” “Pacific Rim,” and “Prometheus.” His commanding presence and acting talent make him a sought-after star in the film industry. Beyond his entertainment career, Idris Elba is also known for his involvement in advocacy and social issues. He has been an advocate for racial equality and actively supports various charitable causes. His voice extends beyond the screen as he addresses important matters in society.
Beside Idris, there are other Blacks making progress in the UK especially in health sector and for Black History Month 2023, we are celebrating our sisters! The sheros making impact while being Black in England.
I happen to have listened to one speak eloquently during one of her speech recently. It felts beautifully awkward as I felt heard through her though never met her before. One may ask how, probably because of being in the same line of profession and understanding the ropes essential to attain the height she currently is one; Prof Bola Owolabi is her name.
Prof Bola Owolabi is the current vice president of Royal society of Public Health though an ambassadorial role, she’s also the Director of the National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Programme at NHS England same time works as a General Practitioner (Family Physician) in the Midlands region of England. This right here is growth for before now, it wasn’t heard of.
There are a lot of females Blacks worthy of mention paving the way, making impact positively in England which equally includes myself, we are our own unsung sheroes in this country and together we can bring Inequalities to the barest minimum.
The growth of Black History Month in the UK has been accompanied by a push for increased representation and engagement. Organizations including the NHS UK, community groups, and educational institutions now actively participate in organizing events, exhibitions, workshops, and talks to celebrate the month. These efforts raise awareness, promote cross-cultural dialogue, and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to come together to learn, appreciate, and celebrate diversity. By bridging cultural divides, Black History Month fosters a sense of belonging and paves the way for a more inclusive and harmonious society.
As Black History Month in the UK continues to evolve and grow, there is a greater emphasis on intersectionality and acknowledging the diverse experiences within the Black community. Intersectional identities, such as gender, sexuality, and disability, are being explored more deeply, allowing for a more nuanced and inclusive portrayal of Black history and heritage.
Together we can do more while we continue the celebration of Black History Month, we are more than the stereotype, celebrate Blacks around you, not just this month but always for without them, these advancements we see today might not be there and to every Black lad out there, the future is bright.