What is Black History Month?


October marks Black History Month in the UK to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of black people to British society.

The event is intended to recognise the contribution and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage. It's also an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes.

The theme for 2023 is 'Saluting our Sisters'  and will celebrate the exceptional achievements of black women. The theme highlights the crucial role that black women have played in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities

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As an organisation, WAY strives to be fully inclusive. WAY’s members come from a very wide range of diverse backgrounds and part of WAY’s Strategic Plan is to ensure that the charity is able to fully support those members and make sure that those considering joining WAY’s community know that they are welcome. 

WAY members know that bereavement and grieving is a very personal and unique experience, however different cultures and ethnicities may have common themes, rituals and expectations.  

“Black History Month is always an opportunity to celebrate, to talk about, to reflect on the contribution of Black people in the UK and what they’ve been through as well as what they continue to do,” - WAY member and Cultural Diversity Working Group Volunteer, Selina.